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BALANCED PACKERS TAKE BEARS TO THE WOODSHED AGAIN, 40-3

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Green Bay fullback Edgar Bennett has no idea what makes him so effective against the Chicago Bears. He only knows it's contagious.

Bennett ran for his third career 100-yard game - all against Chicago - and scored a touchdown Sunday as the Packers unleashed a balanced attack that pummeled the Bears 40-3 at frigid Lambeau Field."I guess it's fate. That's the only explanation I have," Bennett said.

The Bears certainly didn't have any answers Sunday when Bennett gained 106 yards on 22 carries and Brett Favre completed 19 of 31 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns, two to Sterling Sharpe.

Bennett, a third-year pro out of Florida State, rushed for 105 yards and two TDs in Green Bay's 33-6 demolition of the Bears during a driving rainstorm at Solider Field on Halloween night. His only other 100-yard performance came during his rookie year in 1992, when he rushed for 107 yards on 29 carries in his first NFL start and played a prominent role in Green Bay's 17-3 victory over the Bears.

Sunday's rout thrust the Packers (7-7) right back into the playoff picture after a three-game losing skid and dropped the Bears to 8-6, a game back of Minnesota in the NFC Central race.

"I think it shows what we're capable of being when we can put it all together," Packers coach Mike Holmgren said. "We just saved our best football for the Bears this season, I guess."

Chris Jacke added four field goals as the Packers won their ninth straight game at Lambeau.