A win on "Monday Night Football" would put the Chicago Bears in a tie for first place in the NFC North. Picking up that victory, however, won’t be easy.
The Bears are set to visit the Green Bay Packers for a Week Nine matchup at Lambeau Field. The Packers have been dominant at home in the past few years, losing only three games in Green Bay since the start of the 2009 season. This year, they are 3-0 in front of their fans, winning by an average of 16 points per game.
The Bears will be forced to rely on a career backup at quarterback. Josh McCown will get his first start of 2013 in place of an injured Jay Cutler. McCown has been in the league since 2002, but only started 33 games. He’s never registered a passer rating of 75.0 or higher in a single year.
Despite his struggles, McCown is ready to give the Bears a chance to win. When he relieved Cutler in Chicago’s last game he was more than adequate, completing 14-of-20 passes with no interceptions. The veteran will take the field knowing his time as a starter could be limited.
"I wish everybody would take that approach — what if this is my last game?” McCown told the Chicago Tribune. “Think about how everybody would prepare if we just thought about it that way. I am actually thankful because it has caused me to do little things extra as far as preparation. What if my last game is playing on Monday night at Lambeau Field? What if Jay comes back (next week) and for whatever reason I never play again? I am always focused on this could be my last time out."
McCown will go up against one of the top quarterbacks in the league in Aaron Rodgers. The Packer’s signal caller is not only a top MVP candidate this season, but he’s been especially good against the Bears in his career. Rodgers is 8-2 against Chicago, completing 69 percent of his passes for 19 scores and just six picks.
The Packers have dominated the rivalry in recent years. The last time Green Bay lost to Chicago was in 2010. The Packers lead the series 17-8, since 2001.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Josh McCown
TIME: 8:30 p.m. Monday
PLACE: Lambeau Field (Grass)
ONLINE STREAM: WatchESPN
UPDATED BETTING ODDS: Packers by 10
PREDICTION: Packers over Bears, 31-17