Week 9 of the NFL season finally offers a legit Monday Night Football matchup after all the cupcake battles we’ve had to suffer through in recent weeks. Sure, Jay Cutler is out for the Chicago Bears, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a show when Chicago takes on the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
After stepping in for Cutler in Week 7, Josh McCown completed 70 percent of his passes for 204 yards and a score against the Washington Redskins‘ 27th-ranked pass defense. Put simply, the Packers’ isn’t much better. Add in the fact Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte are at McCown’s disposal and the Bears will be just fine in this game.
Actually, the Bears have to be fine in this game because they’re one game behind the Pack in the NFC North standings and can’t afford to give up any ground during Cutler’s absence. Now that’s a lot easier said than done, but if McCown plays decently and Chicago’s defense just shows up, the Bears should be able to keep pace with the injury-riddled Packers.
Call us crazy, but this game won’t be another primetime blowout. McCown will do enough to keep the Bears in the game and once it goes down to the wire, all bets are off. In other words, this won’t be another Monday night disappointment.