The NFL schedule is moving along into Week 10 and Monday night football marks the finish to Week 9 and the game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will be on at 8:30 PM on ESPN and streaming online on the Watch ESPN website live from Lambeau Field for the NFC North divisional matchup.
The Chicago Bears have had a very long break since last losing a shootout with the Washington Redskins back in Week 7, as they had a bye in Week 8 and now will play the Monday night game after a long time preparing for the matchup. The game is a big one for the Bears and the first of two divisional games in a row and the second road game in three weeks and starting with the Packers they will play three away from home over the next five games and this could be a crucial stretch. The team is dealing with injuries to Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs and they are hoping for quick returns, but it remains to be seen how quickly they will be able to come back and with the Packers looking very strong in the division, it could be a big game on Monday night for the oldest rivalry in football.
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The bears started off the season 3-0 and have lost three of four since and now they need to turn things around, as Cutler will be out and a tough Packers team is hosting them with injuries of their own. Aaron Rodgers has been able to get by without Randall Cobb and James Jones and now he has Jarrett Boykin and Eddie Lacy leading the way and with the Bears defense ranking in the bottom half of the league in both passing yards and rushing yards allowed per game, it could be another big day for the QB and his offensive weapons.
The Bears last won against the New York Giants and after playing against the Redskins they have the Packers and then two home games against the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens, who have been in a bad slump as well this season since winning the Super Bowl. The Bears have a tough schedule to finish things off, as they play four out of five on the road after the Baltimore game, including at the St. Louis Rams and against the Minnesota Vikings and that comes before a huge home matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field on Monday night football, making it two primetime games on ESPN for the team in five weeks.
The team then plays on the road against the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles and then they finish with what could be a crucial home matchup with the Packers. Green Bay comes into the game after a big win over the Vikings and that came after a tough win against the Ravens and now the team will have the first of two home games against the Bears and the Eagles before travelling to play against the New York Giants. The team then finishes with divisional games against the Vikings and Lions before playing the Falcons, Cowboys and Steelers before ending with the Bears on the road at Soldier Field.