Bears in the National Spotlight: Previewing the Previews

Bears in the National Spotlight: Previewing the Previews

Aaron Rodgers and NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers host the rival Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football on ESPN. The Green Bay Packers (5-2)  versus the 4-3 Bears will kick on Nov. 4 at 7:25 p.m. Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will call the game from historic Lambeau Field with sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

This is the best game on the NFL docket this weekend. No, really it is. Bears-Packers on MNF is the only NFL game in week 9 between teams with winning records. And it’s the 185th regular season game between the Bears and Packers, the most games ever between two NFL franchises. But you already knew that. Spreads vary between different places of “investment,” but the best online gambling sites have Green Bay favored by 10.5 points and the over/under at 49.5 points. Doesn’t that line seem a little high to you? Then again Green Bay has won six straight and eight of the last nine.

Chicago holds a 92-88-6 edge in the NFL’s oldest rivalry, but there’s major concern on defense. Especially the horrific play of safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright. The Redskins Robert Griffin III specifically targeted the two and had a heyday in the process. When targeting Conte, RG3 went 3-of-3 for 100 yards and a touchdown according to the guys over at Pro Football Focus. If they don’t correct this, Aaron Rodgers will take full advantage of the weakness.

Do you think the Packers will have trouble making it seven straight versus the Bears? Here’s some segments ESPN is doing to preview this game. The preview of the preview if you will.

Gruden’s Extra: Green Bay Packers Super Bowl winning head coach Mike McCarthy, who was once an assistant coach with MNF’s Jon Gruden at the University of Pittsburgh, sits for a conversation on “Gruden’s Extra.”

Aaron Rodgers Conversation: Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers talks to MNF’s Salters about his team’s 5-2 start and Monday’s game.: Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, wired for sound, will be the subject of this week’s “Soundtracks” on Countdown.

Rick Reilly Features Green Bay – Titletown, USA: Most cities have a Broadway or a Main street, but there is only one city where you can turn onto Bart Starr Drive from Lombardi Avenue. In Green Bay, Wisc., every street has a name, and often it is the name of a football player or Super Bowl winning coach. Monday Night Countdown’s Rick Reilly took a trip to Titletown, USA, to navigate Green Bay’s unmatched tribute to the Packers.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the world; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS

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