On short week, 3 Packers things Bears are watching

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Asked how Aaron Rodgers was unique, Bears cornerback Tracy Porter couldn’t help but smile.

“You guys haven’t seen him over his career?” he said.

The Bears have a short week to prepare for one of the game’ best quarterbacks and the rest of the Packers. Here’s what they’re watching:

• An A-OK A-Rod. Perhaps the most impressive part of Sunday’s 30-13 win in Minnesota was that the Packers didn’t need Rodgers to dominate. He completed only 16-of-34 passes — the 47.1 percentage was a season low — for 212 yards and two scores. Rodgers has 23 touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

• A motivated front seven. During the Packers’ three-game losing streak, they recorded exactly zero sacks. Sunday, they had six.

They also held Adrian Peterson to 13 carries for 45 yards, his lowest total since the season-opener.

The Bears had 33 carries for a season-high 189 yards against the Packers in Week 1; they have only one other game above 109.

“We hope to be getting Matt (Forte) back soon,” guard Matt Slauson said. æI don’t know when that is going to happen.

“That was a really good rushing game for us and that really helps out the entire offense when you can move the ball on the ground.”

• A rejuvenated runner. Remember Eddie Lacy? In his four games before Sunday, he totaled only 33 carries for 78 yards, an average of 2.36 yards per carry. Against the Vikings, he ran 22 times for 100 yards, accounting for one-quarter of his yards this season.

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