For the 187th time, these two storied frachises go head-to-head, more than any other continuing rivalry in the entire league. This is a series that has seen the likes of every player who have been a member of these two teams. All 49 players (22 Packers and 27 Bears) have participated in this rivalry.
Who can say what will happen Monday night? It could become one of those games that will be considered one of the best or it could go down as just one to add to the list.
Either way, any time these two franchises hit the field, throw away the statistics, throw away the records – it’s time for Packers vs. Bears football.
With that said, here are five factors that will be important in determining the outcome of Monday’s game:
5. A.J. Hawk versus Matt Forte – With Jay Cutler out with a torn groin, the Bears will need to rely heavily on Matt Forte and the run game. A.J. Hawk has been dominant at making tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Look for the Bears to utilize Forte in the flats as well as on short passes to stretch the defense. Hawk will have his hands full.
4. David Bakhtiari versus Julius Peppers – The young rookie seems to be challenged every week against top-tier pass rushers. This week is no different. Julius Peppers has caused plenty of damage to the Packers in the past. He nearly gave Aaron Rodgers a concussion back in 2010. Bakhtiari must step up once again to prevent Rodgers from getting drilled from the blind side.
3. Jordy Nelson versus Charles Tillman – Jordy better have a great grip on the ball come Monday. Tillman is well known for his ability to not only intercept the ball, but to strip it from the carrier. With how much Nelson has been scorching defenses lately, don’t be surprised to see Tillman pressing Nelson with a safety over the top.
2. Sam Shields versus Brandon Marshall – Marshall leads the Bears with 5 touchdown receptions and is the top receiving threat against the Packers. Sam Shields has blanketed top-tier receivers in the NFL already in A.J. Green, Torrey Smith, and Josh Gordon. Sam will constantly be shadowing Marshall, trying to prevent any big play in the passing game.
1. Eddie Lacy versus Jon Bostick – The Packers are the third top rushing team in the NFL thanks to an improved offensive line and added talent in the backfield. Look for Green Bay to continue to pound it downhill right into the heart of the Chicago defense, where Jon Bostick lies. Bostick is known for his hard-hitting style of play, but so is fellow rookie Lacy.
Stay tuned, Packers and Bears fans … Monday night should be another memorable one.