Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Keys to Victory

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Shutting down Matt Forte will be a key for the Packers. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Shutting down Matt Forte will be a key for the Packers. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With Jay Cutler sidelined by a groin injury, Josh McCown will get his first start since the end of 2011. It won’t be easy for McCown facing a division rival.

The front line of the Packers must put pressure on McCown early. Mike Daniels, Johnny Jolly, and A.J. Hawk are just a few players who have shown this defense has improved in the pass rush since last season.

The Bears will most likely look to Matt Forte to carry the offensive load, so the Packers will need to bring their second-ranked rushing defense to the party. As long as the secondary can contain Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery – which they did successfully a season ago – the Packers defense should have a strong showing on Monday night.

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