NFL Monday Night Preview/Pick- Bears vs. Packers
Chicago Bears (4-3) @ Green Bay Packers (5-2) 11/04- 8:30PM EST
Line: GB -10.5
The Chicago Bears will have their work cut out for them on Monday night as they travel into Lambeau Field to try to end a six-game losing streak to a team that has also has won four-straight at home… the Green Bay Packers.
The hurdle facing the Bears is that they will be without the services of quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs.
Green Bay (5-2) has won six in a row against Chicago (4-3) and five straight meetings at Lambeau and will look to open the gap in the NFC North.
Aaron Rodgers is 9-2 against the Bears and seems to be hitting his stride after a slow start to start the season.
Chicago comes off a bye week having lost three of its last four and will be without Cutler (groin) and Briggs (shoulder). Cutler is expected back soon where Briggs is expected to still miss more then a month.
“We really have to play together more then ever now,” coach Marc Trestman said. “And I think that’s something that we’re capable of doing.”
Despite the Bears being without their two top players, Green Bay is not taking them for granted.
“We need to prepare and stay focused on our opponent and the changes they’ve made,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “At the end of the week, we want to make sure we’re focused on winning and that our quality of play is as high as possible.”
Veteran quarterback Josh McCown will be making his first start for the Bears since the 2011 season where he went 1-1.
“Josh is going to do the job,” Cutler said. “We’ve got a good game plan coming in. Josh fared well against (Washington). He’ll play well again this week.”
McCown will rely on his best weapons for a balanced attack such as running back Matt Forte and receiver Brandon Marshall to help put some points on the board and take some of the pressure off a banged-up defense.
Green Bay has had their share of injuries on the offensive side of the ball missing receivers Randall Cobb, James Jones and tight-end Jermichael Finley but yet has continued to dominate offensively with Jordy Nelson and rookie running back Eddie Lacy.
“We’ve got a great team, very well-coached.,” Rodgers said. “Guys are ready to play.”
Lacy has been a bright-spot for the Packers running game this season averaging 98.8 yards in his last four.
“They’re statistics,” McCarthy said. “There’s one statistic that counts (winning the Super Bowl) and we’re working our way toward it, and we’re a long way from it.
“Running the ball’s part of it.”
I expect another well played game from the Packers on Monday night taking advantage of the depleted Chicago Bears with their injuries to the defensive side of the ball and no Jay Cutler.
My Free NFL Pick for the Bears vs Packers game PICK: Green Bay Packers