Injury Curse Strikes Bears And Packers

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Eddie Lacy has been a rookie standout this season. Image courtesy of Habeeb/USA Today Sports
Josh McCown has bounced around seven teams in the NFL throughout his career which has lasted over a decade. He has only played in 60 games, though, but barring injury he looks set to start under centre the next four games for Chicago with Jay Cutler to miss the next month with a groin injury. Cutler went down in the second quarter of the 45-41 loss to Washington in Week 7; McCown finished the game in his absence completing 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett .

Cutler isn’t the only big loss for the Bears to come out of the loss to the ‘Skins. Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs is out for the next six weeks with a shoulder injury. The only consolation is that their opponents, the Packers, have a lengthy injury list, too.

Chicago doesn’t have its quarterback, but Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers barely has any receivers. Even without wideouts Randall Cobb and James Jones, and tight end Jermichael Finley, the Pack managed to easily brush aside Minnesota 44-31 last week. Not for the first time this season, Jordy Nelson was again Rodgers’ preferred target; the pair connected on 11 occasions including two TD throws.

Most of the receiving corps. are in their first NFL season, but second-year man Jarrett Boykin was ultra-impressive against the Vikings. He logged five catches for 89 yards on the back of eight receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown the week before against Cleveland in his first career start. A massive bonus for Green Bay has been the outstanding play of rookie running back Eddie Lacy . The NFC Rookie of the Month for October ran the ball 29 times at the Metrodome for 94 yards and a score.

This is one of the great rivalries in the NFL, but Chicago has been relatively meek on its recent visits to Lambeau Field. The Bears last tasted success in front of the Cheesheads when they scored a 27-20 win back in 2007. In the five games since, the closest Chicago has come to victory there was a six-point defeat in 2009. The Packers have won the last six meetings between the teams.


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