The Chicago Bears return from their bye week to face the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers improved their record to 5-2 on the season after a victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. The Packers have won four straight games and look to be getting stronger with each passing week.
That would seem to be a problem for the Bears. The Bears have seemingly gotten weaker with each passing week. The Bears have been riddled with injuries this season with the latest victims being quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs. That would seem to signal doom for the Bears game against the Packers.
Nonetheless, here is what the Bears should take away from the Packers previous game.
- Have The Better Special Teams-Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson compiled 228 kickoff return yards against the Packers on Sunday night. That is where the Packers are vulnerable. The one area where the Bears may have the advantage over the Packer is on special teams. The Bears special teams unit has played better of late and Devin Hester could give the team a much-needed advantage on Monday against the Packers.
- Eddie Lacy Should Be Focal Point-With Lance Briggs out for at least the next six weeks, rookie linebacker Jonathan Bostic will be depended on more than ever in the Bears game against the Packers. One of the reasons Bostic did not begin the season as the starter at the middle linebacker position is because the team came away unimpressed with his play against the pass. Bostic did seem to impress in the pre-season against the run. That will certainly be key as the Bears need to focus on Packers running back Eddie Lacey. Lacy has been an important piece to the Packers offense this season and his success on Monday will play a factor in the game on Monday.
- Don’t Sleep on Jordy Nelson-The Packers may be thin at the wide receiver position, but the Bears defense shouldn’t sleep on Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nelson is having a tremendous season for the Packers and that success continued for the Packers in their game on Sunday. Nelson totaled 123 receiving yards against the Vikings on Sunday to go along with a touchdown. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is expected to play on Monday and that should be a matchup worth watching.
- Packers Secondary-The holes that were once in the Packers secondary are no longer there. That much was proven on Sunday when the Packers secondary essentially took away every option of Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. The Bears offense has a plethora of options. Between Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, and Brandon Marshall; Bears quarterback Josh McCown should have at least one option available to him on Monday. That would be the option that the Bears offense needs to exploit.