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Bears, Packers at Home This Sunday

Coming off one of the worst performances by an offense the NFL has seen, things can only get better for the Chicago Bears this week.

 

The Bears look to pick themselves up when they host the winless Detroit Lions on Sunday in a matchup between teams coming off losses that were gut-wrenching for different reasons.

 

For Chicago (1-2), it was an epic failure on offense in a 26-6 debacle at Cleveland. The Bears ran 42 plays for a grand total of 47 yards, an effort that ranked among the worst the league has seen. It was the ninth-lowest total by an NFL team and the second-worst for the charter franchise.

 

For rookie Justin Fields, it was a nightmare. The No. 11 overall pick got sacked nine times for 67 yards and threw for just 68 on 6-for-20 passing in his first start, with Andy Dalton sidelined because of a bone bruise in his left knee. Fields also hurt his right thumb.

 

The Lions (0-3) are reeling, too, after losing 19-17 to Baltimore on an NFL-record 66-yard field goal by Justin Tucker.

 

 

 

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger haven't faced off as starting quarterbacks since the Packers defeated the Steelers in the Super Bowl a decade ago.

 

That finally changes Sunday when the Packers (2-1) host the Steelers (1-2) in just the third overall matchup between the two potential Hall of Famers.

 

The Steelers have won their past five regular-season meetings with the Packers, but enter Sunday's game in the AFC North cellar after losing at home to Las Vegas and Cincinnati the past two weeks.

 

Pittsburgh is scoring 16.7 points per game to rank 28th out of 32 teams.

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