The Green Bay Packers (5-2) will host the Chicago Bears (4-3) on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in the latest installment of the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:40 CT time from historic Lambeau Field.
The Packers enter the game hot as they have won their last four games. The Bears, on the other hand, come in as losers of three of their last four games. To add insult to injury, the Bears are also without starting quarterback Jay Cutler and starting linebacker Lance Briggs, both who are key components to their team.
The Packers’ offense looks to keep up its hot streak after tearing apart the Minnesota Vikings’ defense last Sunday night. With the exception of the kneel down at the end of the game, the Packers’ offense scored every time it touched the ball.
Even with the lack of receivers, Aaron Rodgers still managed to throw for 285 yards, two touchdowns, and only had five incompletions. Now, the Vikings’ secondary is tremendously weaker than the Bears’, so Rodgers more than likely won’t have a walk in the park like last week. But, considering what he has done this year, it wouldn’t shock me if he continued to play at his extraordinary level.
Without Cutler under center, the Bears will turn to veteran Josh McCown to command the offense. McCown’s last meeting against the Packers came on Christmas day in 2011, where he went 19-28, threw one touchdown and two interceptions in a Packers victory. Last week against the Washington Redskins, McCown looked good in relief after Cutler left with a groin injury, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown in a 45-41 loss. If the Packers can put pressure on McCown early and force some early mistakes, he might be in for a long night.
One interesting stat, courtesy of NFL.com, is that Aaron Rodgers is 0-2 against the Bears on Monday night, but 8-0 on any other day. Hopefully, with the Bears down two of their biggest stars, that zero will be replaced with a one and the Packers will extend their win streak to five. It doesn’t get much better than this. It’s the Packers and the Bears on Monday Night Football. The NFL’s oldest rivalry will have another chapter added to their history book. Let the next competition begin.
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