THE FIFTH DOWN; Sunday Matchup

Bears (7-7) at Packers (13-1) 8:20 p.m., Eastern; NBC

Line: Packers by 13

Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) is out. Left tackle Chad Clifton (back) is easing his way back after missing two months; he has been limited in practice and is unlikely to play. The primary backup tackle, Derek Sherrod, is out for the season with a broken leg. Green Bay’s injury situation became so dire in its loss to the Chiefs that T. J. Lang took snaps at right tackle, a position he had never played, even in practice. ”It’s next guy up,” Coach Mike McCarthy said of the injuries, which is all well and good, except that the next guy might be Jerry Kramer. Health problems on the line can easily become health problems for Aaron Rodgers, but the Bears have played so badly in the wake of the Jay Cutler-Matt Forte injuries that the Packers could put a cardboard Rodgers cutout in the pocket and it would make little difference.

Pick: Packers

(Pick does not reflect the betting line)

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