Key stars back for Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears

Jay Asser 09:48 26/11/2015
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Returning force: Matt Forte.

The NFL’s oldest rivalry gets the Thanksgiving treatment as the Green Bay Packers tangle with the Chicago Bears in one of the holiday’s three matchups.

Green Bay are coming off a victory to break a three-game losing streak, while Chicago get running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery back for the NFC North meeting.

Forte has missed the past three weeks because of a knee injury and Jeffery has dealt with various injuries that have limited him to five games all year.

Only Forte played in the two teams’ first encounter, which the Bears dropped 31-23 in the season opener, but gashed the Packers for a season-high 141 rushing yards.

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In addition to getting the opportunity to even the all-time series, Green Bay will retire Brett Favre’s jersey at Lambeau field during halftime of the game (UAE: 05:30 +1).

“Nothing better than being at home on Thanksgiving I think, night game, Favre’s going to get his number retired,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “It’s going to be a special night.”

The Detroit Lions, who sit at the bottom of the NFC North, will host the Philadelphia Eagles and under-fire coach Chip Kelly (UAE: 21:30).

Following a drastic offseason which saw Kelly turn over a significant portion of his skill players, Philadelphia have underwhelmed with a 4-6 mark, putting the coach’s job in jeopardy.

“We lost two games,” Kelly said. “I think sometimes people panic and throw the baby out with the bath water.”

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