The rivalry between the Bears and Packers has been the longest rivalry in league history. The two teams first played each other in November of 1921, and each team has been successful since then, winning a combined 22 NFL Championships, including five Super Bowls. Although all the stars won’t be on the field for both the Packers and Bears with both teams losing key players on both ends, the matchup will still be must-see even with all the injuries piling up.
Both teams will bring their A-game to Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football. Green Bay is coming into this matchup on a four-game winning streak, and is looking to extend their lead in the NFC North. Green Bay has been on a tear over the past couple of weeks offensively, coming into a game with Chicago, who has the second-worst defensive rank in the league. It seems that Green Bay has an opportunity to have another offensive explosion this coming week.
Green Bay’s game plan is going to rely on the legs of Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Chicago has struggled against stopping the run thus far this season. The Bears’ defense has been giving up 117.3 yards per game on the ground, and has surrendered eight touchdowns to opposing running backs.
This means Lacy and Starks will play a major role on offense. Last week, the two backs accounted for a combined 151 yards and two scores against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers’ run game has been dominant this season, having the third-ranked rushing attack in the NFL, averaging 141.4 yards per game.
For the Packers to win on Monday night, that trend of running the ball consistently must continue, and Lacy and Starks could see 25-30 carries. Lacy will get the majority of the carries, and he has shown over the past few weeks that he is ready for the spotlight. He will be given the opportunity to have a big game on the biggest stage in his first chance to take part in the Packers vs. Bears rivalry.