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(CBS) Every week during the Bears season, our experts from 670 The Score, CBS2 and WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 FM will provide their weekly picks for the Bears game. After unanimously picking the Bears to beat the Colts in Week 1, our panel has differing opinions against the Packers:

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Brian Hanley Dan McNeil Terry Boers
Packers 34, Bears 27 Packers 31, Bears 24 Bears 31, Packers 27
Las Vegas has the Pack a healthy six-point favorite for a reason. Anyone willing to bet that Green Bay drops a third consecutive game at Lambeau? Bears stepping way up in class on the road, but will keep it close. I trust Dom Capers’ gambling defense to confuse the Bears in protection more than I trust a Bears defense without Brian Urlacher at 100 percent. The Bears can score, but not enough. The Packers were sloppy on offense in Week 1 and the defense couldn’t stop the 49ers on the ground. Will the 15-1 Pack of 2011 actually fall to 0-2, losing both at hallowed Lambeau Field? It seems unlikely, right? Not to me.


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Hub Arkush Dan Hampton Matt Spiegel
Packers 34, Bears 30 Bears 23, Packers 20 Packers 30, Bears 27
The Bears were clearly the better team in Week 1. Or were they? Regardless, the problem here is I just can’t see Pack opening 0-2 at Lambeau. Desperation will matter here and both clubs will have their moments but it will end 34-30 Packers. Packers can’t run, protect the passer or cover anybody so why are they seven-point favorites? Everyone remembers they were 15-1 last year and Rodgers will have his wand to bounce back, but the Bears match up in all the right spots. Aaron Rodgers exploits the middle, over Urlacher and in front of the safeties, just enough to withstand a solid showing from the Bears’ passing game. It’s a shootout in a rivalry that will have plenty of them the next few years.


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Jason Goff Matt Abbatacola Adam Hoge
Bears 31, Packers 27 Bears 34, Packers 31 Packers 31, Bears 27
The Bears’ running game will test an injured and young front seven. The most interesting matchup will be Marshall (if he plays the slot) vs Charles Woodson. Bears win as the defense finds out that not every team will be the Colts. Both teams click on offense in the first half. The defenses take over in the second half with the Packers scoring late to tie the game on an interception, but Robbie Gould wins it as time expires. BOOM, 2-0. The Bears had some close calls on both sides of the football against the lowly Colts. You won’t see dropped passes and dropped interceptions from the Packers. Bears prove they belong among NFC’s best, but it’s reality check time at Lambeau.


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Ryan Baker Megan Mawicke Josh Liss
Bears 31, Packers 26 Packers 31, Bears 28 Packers 24, Bears 23
The Bears’ strength – running the football – is Green Bay’s glaring weakness on defense. That, coupled with the Bears’ upgraded offensive weapons (Marshall & Jeffery) will signal a changing of the guard in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Cutler-Marshall aerial show won’t be as potent against the Packers’ aggressive and physical secondary and this week, Aaron Rodgers & Co. will get back on track. Hard to believe the Packers would lose two straight games at Lambeau, but it will be a tight one! A late-game field goal, either way, will be the difference. The Bears’ defensive backs will struggle vs Rodgers, giving Green Bay the edge with a huge time-of-possession advantage.