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5 Reasons the Green Bay Packers Will Defeat the Chicago Bears on Monday Night

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5 Reasons the Green Bay Packers Will Defeat the Chicago Bears on Monday Night

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The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears have met 184 times in the regular season, the longest rivalry in NFL History. The two teams are storied franchises and are both contenders for the NFC North title in 2013. The Packers and Bears have a combined 49 players who have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. So, when someone says a Packers and Bears game is just another game that will never be the case between these two teams. The Packers come into their match-up with the Bears on Monday night riding a four game winning streak and looking to extend their lead in the NFC North. The Packers sit at 5-2 and see the Bears in their rear view mirror at 4-3. The Bears come in having lost their quarterback Jay Cutler to a groin injury that may keep him out a couple more weeks. Bears backup quarterback Josh McCown will step in and play for the injured Cutler.

It seems as no surprise that the Pack should be favored coming into the match-up. Their team has also had to deal with injuries, but they have responded well and have been able to continue their winning ways. Aaron Rodgers comes into the game riding a hot streak after a stellar performance last Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings, and Rodgers has always found a way to come out on top when playing the Bears with an 8-2 record in the rivalry. The Packers must come into the game strong and ready for a battle, and I believe they will. So, here are my top five reasons the Green Bay Packers will be victorious on Monday night.

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5. Packers' Special Teams Play

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In Monday night’s match-up with the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers' newly anointed punt returner Micah Hyde will have to play a significant role in the game plan. If Hyde is able to be successful and set Aaron Rodgers up with good field position throughout the night, the Packers offense will have no problem. Mason Crosby will also be tested and must be able to stay on the hot streak he has been on this year so far to get points on the board if Rodgers and the offense stall. Special teams comes in at the No. 5 spot because it all starts with that aspect of the game.

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4. Green Bay Offensive Line

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The Green Bay Packers offense line must dominate the game in the trenches for Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy to get the offense moving. The line will have a challenge on their hands with rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari having to face Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers all night long. The rookie has shown that he can play at a high level, and with the rest of the Chicago Bears defensive line littered with injuries, the Packers should be able to dominate the game up front and keep Rodgers off his back.

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3. Packers Defense

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The Green Bay Packers defense has been known for playing with a bend but don’t break style, but in 2013 the defense has begun to come into its own and play up to the level a Dom Capers coached defense is expected. The Packers have been able to get a steady pass rush this year with 20 sacks, ranking sixth in the NFL. The Packers must get to Josh McCown and disrupt the offense with weapons like Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and of course Matt Forte. The Packers will have to get to the quarterback early and often to create turnovers and make it tough sledding for the Chicago Bears' backup.

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2. Eddie Lacy

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The running game of the Green Bay Packers is the second most important factor if the Packers will win the game on Monday night. The Packers, who have had a rough few years running the ball, have finally found an answer to their problems. Eddie Lacy has changed the culture in Green Bay this year, and coupled with a much improved offensive line from last year the Packers have become an even more dangerous offense. Lacy will get the bulk of the carries Monday night and face a depleted front line for the Chicago Bears. There should be yards to be had on the ground. The usual daunting Bears defense has lost its identity and is ranked as the third worst defense in the NFL. Lacy and James Starks must lead the Green Bay offense and help set up the play-action to open up the field for Aaron Rodgers so they can end up with an extended lead in the NFC North.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

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The top reason the Green Bay Packers will end up with a victory in Monday night’s match-up with their NFC North rival Chicago Bears is the 2011 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has been very successful when playing the Bears with over 2,400 yards and 19 touchdowns. The Packers signal caller will have to have another usual outing against the Bears to notch another win against the division foe. He is the difference maker in this offense and has on most occasions put the team on his back and carried them to back-to-back division titles. Rodgers will dominate the league’s third worst ranked defense and continue his ascent of becoming the next Packers great Hall of Fame quarterback.