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Eric Goska column: First down will be battleground when rivals meet

5:29 PM, Nov. 3, 2013
Casey Hayward intercepts a pass in front of Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester in a game last season.
Casey Hayward intercepts a pass in front of Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester in a game last season.
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Which is more surprising: the Bears leading the NFL in average yards per play on first down or the Packers squelching Chicago on that down last season as they hadn't in more than 45 years?

You be the judge.

As the two longtime rivals prepare to meet Monday night, Chicago is averaging more yards on first down than offensive firebrands San Diego, Denver or Green Bay. The difference between first and second place is substantial. ...

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