The war in the trenches will determine the winner of Monday Night's game. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: Winning in the trenches


 

Looking ahead with my crystal ball I see the Green Bay Packers winning their Monday night match-up with the Chicago Bears for simple reasons: The Packers are going to win the war in the trenches – on both sides of the ball.

We all know what the Packers have done with their defensive line – especially against the run. With a nasty edge to this year’s unit led by the likes of Johnny Jolly, Ryan Pickett, and B.J. Raji, the Packers have a depth across their d-line that extends down to the reserves: Mike Daniels, Datone Jones and most recently Josh Boyd.

These guys have been knocking the snot out of opponents and it doesn’t look like this week will be any different.

Packers guard Josh Sitton is one of the reasons the Packers offensive line has been so successful. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers guard Josh Sitton is one of the reasons the Packers offensive line has been so successful. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

On the flip side, the Packers’ offensive line has shown its own mean streak. Clearing the way for Eddie Lacy and James Starks has become a common occurrence and with the Bears run defense coming in just short of pathetic so far this season, there’s no reason to think the Packers won’t do the same.

The Packers have been averaging 141 yards per game on the ground , while the Bears have been giving up 117.3 per game. That doesn’t bode well for the Bears.

Expect Moses to make an appearance Monday night at Lambeau Field as the seas part for Lacy and Starks and the Packers run game finally reaches that 200 yard threshold.

For the Packers defense, the task will be much stiffer. Last week, the defense stopped Adrian Peterson in his tracks and they look to do the same with the Bears’ Matt Forte.

However, Forte is having one of his best seasons with an average of more than 4.5 yards per carry and more than 500 yards on the season so far.

With Jay Cutler out and Josh McCown in, the Packers will be crowding the line of scrimmage, making McCown beat them with his arm.

Both teams have players out with injuries, but in this “what have you done for me lately” league, its been the Packers who have shown the most resiliency and with the team slowly healing they are sure to continue to improve.

It starts all over again Monday when the Packers and Bears meet for the 187th time.

Like the 186 previous games, this one will be won once again in the trenches where the Packers have the decided edge.

While Moses might not be there, the Packers offensive line will surely provide their best impersonation while the defensive line continues to show why they are fast becoming known as the one of the nastiest, most physical groups in the league.

Watch the trenches. That’s where the war will be won.

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