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Bears-Packers matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's Week 17 battle between the Bears and Packers.

Packers wide receivers vs. Bears secondary

Whether the Bears play all of their starters for the whole game or not, the Packers have the weapons at receiver to expose some of the soft spots in Chicago's pass coverage.

The Jets hurt the Bears with quick slants consistently in Week 16, and that's a play that the Packers can execute very well. Aaron Rodgers, who threw four touchdown passes last week, will look to connect with talented targets like Greg Jennings, James Jones, Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson, and Brandon Jackson also will contribute as a receiver out of the backfield.

All five players have 40 catches or more.

There are holes that can be exploited when the Bears play cover-2, but head coach Lovie Smith can live with giving up yards if his "D" clamps down in the red zone. Chicago can't afford to miss tackles if Rodgers opts to dink and dunk on underneath routes.

Starting CBs Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, nickel back D.J. Moore and safeties Chris Harris and Danieal Manning have played opportunistically this season, and giving up yards through the air will be less of an issue if they make an interception or two.

They should have plenty of opportunities to pick off Rodgers, as Green Bay's offensive attack is pass-heavy.

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