It’s Bears week in Green Bay! The Packers bring a six-game winning streak against the Chicago Bears to Lambeau Field for their only appearance on Monday Night Football this season. The Bears are coming off of their bye week and are trying to tread water through the loss of quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs.
While both teams have been hit hard by injuries this season, the Bears have seemingly had a more difficult time keeping up in the absence of their steadies.
Josh McCown took over at quarterback for Cutler in their loss at Washington a few weeks back and did a decent job. McCown has over 10 years of total NFL experience and while he doesn’t possess the same arm strength as Cutler, he can efficiently manage the Bears offense. Under head coach and quarterback guru Marc Trestman, expect McCown to be ready to face the Packers.
Briggs’ absence has been more glaring, as Chicago has turned to many of their rookies to fill in for their defensive captain and signal-caller. Neither Cutler nor Briggs are likely to play in this contest.
The Bears hold a modest four-game lead in the all time series, at 92-88-6. Despite how good or bad either of these teams have been over the years, this matchup is usually entertaining. Divisional games often are. Let’s break down the keys that will likely showcase this week.