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Bears vs. Packers 2016 picks and predictions: Green Bay heavy favorites in NFC North bout

The Packers are struggling and have multiple important injuries, but most people still expect them to beat the Bears this week.

The Green Bay Packers may be 3-2, but they're in a world of trouble if Aaron Rodgers and company can't get back on track. Their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Chicago Bears presents a good opportunity to right the ship, but the injuries keep piling up.

Rodgers was downright dreadful in the Packers' 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, throwing an ugly pick and losing a fumble that killed his team's comeback chances. He's been on a long slump and the Packers aren't the same team when Rodgers isn't playing like Rodgers.

The Packers' running back depth suddenly got gutted, as well -- Eddie Lacy is out for several weeks with an ankle injury, while James Starks is on the shelf with a knee injury of his own. Green Bay traded for Knile Davis from the Kansas City Chiefs and he'll likely get the start, but it's a dire situation in the team's backfield. In addition, top-level cornerback Sam Shields was sent to injured reserve with a concussion and Damarious Randall is also out, so the Packers are perilously thin in their secondary.

The Bears are keeping games close, but at 1-5 it's clearly a rebuilding season and there's not much hope for them to turn things around any time soon. So even though the Packers have big problems and important injuries, they're still a heavy favorite among the experts in this game. ESPN made them a unanimous pick and CBS Sports has a 7-1 ratio in favor of Green Bay. Things aren't any different here at SB Nation, with all nine writers and the OddsShark computer taking the Packers.

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