Monday Night Fright

Although Halloween’s been tossed into the dustbin of history, its residual fumes live on to provide a horror show tonight at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  The Bears will find little in the way of treats from the Packers’ House of Pain.  Coming off of their bye week, The Bears appear to be a team that is a game over .500 and able to compete on Lambeau’s tundra.  But, let’s get real.

The Packers are currently 5-2 and in first place in the NFC North.  After starting the season 1-2, the Pack have now won four in a row and despite losing Jermichael Finley to a scary injury are now approaching offensive supremacy over the rest of the league.  The Pack have seen their rookie running back Eddie Lacy take over as the primary back and it’s given a new dynamic to an already potent offense.

The Bears problems are well documented, and on top of everything else Chicago’s injuries are all over the roster with Henry Melton, Jay Cutler, Lance Briggs and DJ Williams. Chicago will be starting Josh McCown tonight and although he played very well in a relief appearance against the Redskins when he had nothing to lose (except his head by not sliding), heading up to play Green Bay at night will be something that’ll surely test his nerves.

The Green Bay Packers are currently a 10.5 point favorite, the extent of which can be mostly accounted for by Cutler’s absence.  Green Bay will look to get out to an early lead at home to make the Bears one-dimensional.  Chicago hasn’t won in Lambeau since 2007 and the Packers currently hold a six-game win streak against Chicago dating back to 2010.

All the numbers and stats are in the favor of the Packers, and unless Aaron Rodgers goes out and just absolutely stinks up the joint there’s no way Chicago can win this game. Chicago’s way too banged up and there’s no telling what kind of performance they’ll give tonight after McCown’s first turnover or limp 3-and-out.  The Packers are like most teams that turn their performance up with the clocks turning back, and early darkness should descend on Marc Trestman’s club that’s looking more and more like a team without post-season prospects.  Expect to see a bevy of “Lambeau Leaps” and “Belt Fittings” in this one.