The rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers is renewed tonight on Monday Night Football.
For the Bears, this is the team’s first game back from their bye week and face a pivotal two-week stretch. After their game against the Packers, the Bears play the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday. After starting the season 3-0, the Bears have lost three of their last four games. Injuries have begun to pile up for the Bears as well. In the span of the past month, the Bears have lost linebacker D.J. Williams for the season; quarterback Jay Cutler for an expected four weeks; and linebacker Lance Briggs for an expected six weeks.
That is a less than ideal position for the Bears to be in when facing the Packers. The Packers are a team that has won four straight games. After a 1-2 start to the season, the Packers now stand at 5-2 while leading the NFC North division. The Packers have had injuries of their own. Linebacker Clay Matthews will not play against the Bears tonight while he deals with a broken thumb. Meanwhile, wide receiver James Jones is expected to return tonight from a knee injury that kept the receiver out of action since mid-October.
The focus for some in the Bears game against the Packers will be on Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown. McCown did well in place of Cutler against the Washington Redskins, but facing a Packers defense that has prepared for him will be the true test. But regardless of how well McCown plays against a Packers defense that is vulnerable, the focus should be on the Bears defense.
The Bears defense has been miserable this season. That is no understatement. That is also why the Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is probably licking his chops in anticipation of his matchup against the Bears defense. Beyond the poor play by the Bears defensive line, the safety play of Major Wright and Chris Conte has been less than desirable. If the Bears stand any chance against the Packers, Conte and Wright need to return to form.
With that said, the time has come to make a prediction. This prediction doesn’t bode well for the Bears as Da Windy City predicts that the Packers will defeat the Bears 31-21.
Here is how you can watch the game:
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
TV Channel: ESPN
Radio: WBBM 780 AM