CHICAGO (4-3) at GREEN BAY (5-2)
KICKOFF: Monday, 7:40 p.m., ESPN
OPENING LINE: Packers by 11
RECORD VS. SPREAD: Chicago 1-5-1, Green Bay 4-3
SERIES RECORD: Bears lead 92-88-6
LAST MEETING: Packers beat Bears 21-13, Dec. 16, 2012
LAST WEEK: Bears had bye; Packers beat Vikings 44-31
AP PRO32 RANKING: Bears No. 14, Packers No. 7
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: 187th meeting in NFL's oldest rivalry, dating to 1921. ... Josh McCown gets start at quarterback with Jay Cutler (groin) out. McCown's last regular-season start came in final game of 2011 season, when he was 15 for 25 for 160 yards with one TD and interception in 17-13 win over Minnesota. ... WR Alshon Jeffery has 20 catches for 457 yards and two TDs in last four games. ... Bears have 11 interceptions returned for touchdowns since 2012, most in NFL. ... DE Julius Peppers has 112 1-2 sacks since entering league in 2002, third most in that period in NFL. ... Packers have won 10 straight at Lambeau Field in regular season, and 23 of last 24. ... Packers gained at least 350 yards of offense in each of last 10 games dating to last season, second-longest current streak in league behind Denver (12). .. RB Eddie Lacy has 395 yards in last four games, tops in league in that span. ... QB Aaron Rodgers has 110.7 passer rating in regular season against NFC North foes in nine-year career, completing nearly 70 percent of passes for 64 TDs and 15 INTs. ... Twelve Packers have at least one sack. ... TE coach Jerry Fontenot was third-round draft choice of Bears in 1989 and spent eight seasons playing center in Chicago. ... Packers have won six straight and eight of last nine in series, counting playoffs.
PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (7-0): It’s no wonder that coach Mike McCarthy was testy all week. All signs point to a Packers victory – and potentially a lopsided victory. Green Bay has won four in a row. Chicago has lost three of its last four. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. The Bears have second-stringer Josh McCown. The Packers’ defense is on the rise. The Bears’ defense is allowing almost 30 points per game. All of that adds a level of danger to this game. In McCarthy’s tenure, however, the Packers haven’t put up too many clunkers. He gets his players ready to play, and it will be no different tonight. Packers 34, Bears 20.