The longest standing rivalry in the National Football League will see another chapter added to it’s storied history when the Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers next Monday night.
The Bears are entering their game against the Packers wounded. Quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs will likely be out for the game against the Packers meaning the onus will be on backup quarterback Josh McCown and rookie linebackers Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene.
Meanwhile, the Packers have dealt with injuries of their own. The Packers wide receiving core has been decimated with injuries and linebacker Clay Matthews remains sidelined with a broken thumb. Nonetheless, the Packers have won four straight games and show no signs of slowing down entering their game against the Bears on Monday.
Chicago Bears fans have had to opportunity to see the Packers play several times this season, but in preparation for the Monday Night Football game, lets get to know the Packers.
Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
Record: 5-2, first place in the NFC North division
Leading Passer: Aaron Rodgers | 167-249 passing for 2.191 passing yards with 15 touchdown passes and 4 interceptions
Leading Rusher: Eddie Lacy | 446 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 112 attempts
Leading Receiver: Jordy Nelson | 648 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns on 39 receptions
Passing Defense: 21st in the NFL (247.6 opponent’s passing yards per game)
Rushing Defense: 4th in the NFL (83.6 opponent’s rushing yards per game)
Matchup With the Bears: The Packers are a nightmare matchup for the Bears. Especially when you consider the fact that the Bears will be without Cutler and Briggs. When Rodgers is not passing, Lacy presents an equal threat as a rusher. In recent weeks, the Packers secondary has improved and has taken options away from opposing quarterbacks. There don’t appear to be any areas where the Bears have the advantage over the Packers. Casting a cloud of doom for when the Bears play the Packers on Monday.