One look at the numbers and it is easy to see why the Green Bay Packers have been confident when they take on the Chicago Bears in recent years, especially at legendary Lambeau Field. It is always good to be confident in the NFL. With that being said, the Packers certainly cannot take backup quarterback Josh McCown, who will start on Monday night, for granted.
Green Bay has won six consecutive games and five straight at home against Chicago. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers absolutely dominates the Bears in which he has posted an impressive 9-2 record, although both losses did occur on Monday Night Football. He puts up big numbers and simply does not turn the ball over. Obviously, Rodgers does this to every team but he really makes sure to bring his ‘A’ game when Chicago is on tap.
The Packers’ defense has also got in on the fun as they have made life miserable for Jay Cutler since his arrival in Chicago. However, Cutler is not the quarterback Green Bay will have to worry about in Week 9. McCown will be under center, and there is plenty to be worried about after his performance in a loss to the Washington Redskins.
The 34-year-old completed 70.0 percent of his passes for 204 yards and one touchdown. The statistics are far better than what he put up against the Packers on Christmas Day back in 2011 as a member of the Bears.
What gives Green Bay even more reason to stay determined is the fact that Chicago is confident McCown can get the job done and end the losing streak.
“Josh is going to do the job,” Cutler said, according to Bears.com. “We’ve got a good game plan coming in. Josh fared well against (Washington). He’ll play well again this week.”
The Packers will look to shut down the run game and focus on McCown, which will give them several opportunities to pad their sack numbers. Green Bay’s offense will also be able to help in that they can keep the time of possession in their favor against a dismal Chicago defense.