So much for one of the NFL's greatest rivalries.
Rivalries surge and wane over time, and 2013 appears to be a low point for the classic matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers—not that it has been ridiculously competitive in recent years.
In fact, Green Bay has won six in a row against Chicago, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 9-2 against the Bears. Monday's contest is from Lambeau Field, where the Packers have won five straight against their arch-rivals.
Green Bay enters Monday Night Football on a four-game winning streak despite injuries to key components such as Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley. Chicago has been unable to overcome injuries and has lost three of its last four.
Below is everything fans need to know about the prime-time matchup.
When: Monday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
Spread: Green Bay (-10.5)
Bears Injury Report (via NFL.com)
No Injuries to Report
Packers Injury Report (via NFL.com)
No Injuries to Report
Can Chicago Remain Competitive Without Leadership?
It's never an easy task to stop the Packers' offense, but the Bears will have to do so without some important leadership on defense.
While rookie linebacker Jon Bostic has been terrific in the middle of the Chicago defense, he will not have a veteran and the No. 10 overall outside linebacker in the NFL per Pro Football Focus (subscription required) in Lance Briggs by his side thanks to injury, as illustrated by Bleacher Report's Zach Kruse:
Bostic will be without help for his first encounter with Rodgers, but things are even worse on the offensive side.
Chicago will be without quarterback Jay Cutler, and as ESPN points out, that's not a good omen:
In Week 7 backup Josh McCown came in for Cutler and went 14-of-20 for 204 yards and a touchdown, suggesting that he can also be very effective in Marc Trestman's attack.
It's important to remember that McCown's production came against a lowly Washington secondary and he'll have to deal with an elite pass rush playing at a high level per CBS Sports' Adam Hoge:
Chicago comes off a bye with plenty of time to prepare, but time will tell if backups can make do on the road.
Once again, another pre-determined NFL prime-time matchup will be an ugly affair.
At home, the Packers can choose exactly how they want to pick apart the Bears. The once highly regarded Chicago defense allows 29.4 points per game—only three teams give up more.
Rodgers could take to the air against a unit that surrenders over 273 yards per game. In their last four meetings, Rodgers has thrown 12 touchdowns to two interceptions.
The Packers could also chose to abuse Chicago on the ground with rookie back Eddie Lacy, who is in the middle of a stellar campaign with 436 yards and three scores in his last four games. Lacy has a favorable matchup against a defense that allows 117.3 yards per game.
Classic rivalry or not, this one won't be close.
Packers win 35-17
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