The Bears (4-3) are in a much more precarious position than the rival Packers (5-2), due largely in part to the injury to Jay Cutler and the abhorrent defensive play complicated by injuries to Henry Melton, Nate Collins, DJ Williams, and Lance Briggs.
If the Bears have a chance in this game, here are five players to watch:
Josh McCown -- Quarterback
This is an obvious one. With Cutler dealing with a torn groin muscle (which he might come back early from), how McCown performs will be huge -- especially since the Bears are facing top-tier talent in Aaron Rodgers, who makes you feel lucky if he makes one mistake. If the defense continues to struggle and the Bears get down early, McCown won't be able to rely on the running game like the Bears might otherwise want to.
Khaseem Greene -- Linebacker
Greene is set to step in for the injured Briggs. With Jon Bostic already lining up at middle linebacker because of Williams' injury, Greene will be the second starting rookie in the linebacking corps. The fourth-round pick does have some upside, and it will be nice to see what he can do, but to think he'll replace Briggs is wishful thinking to the most gratuitous degree. Add in that he has to learn on the fly against the Packers' offense and it's pretty unfair scenario for Greene.
The one "bright" side: The Bears' defense has been terrible with Briggs, so can it really get that much worse?
Devin Hester -- Kick Returner
After his record-setting return against the team from Washington, Bears fans are hoping that return opens the floodgates for Hester. With the defense banged up and struggling, and the offense starting a backup quarterback, you get the feeling the Bears are going to need at least a little patented Hester magic to stay with Green Bay.
Adam Podlesh -- Punter
If the offense has trouble moving the ball with McCown at quarterback, it will be absolutely imperative to make Aaron Rodgers sustain long drives. If the Bears lose the field-position battle, it'll be a blowout.
Mark Trestman -- Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator
Using Trestman here is a substitute for putting every offensive weapon on the list -- Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett. Trestman has a history of getting results out of most quarterbacks he's coached and McCown has not looked like a slouch in his limited duty with the Bears. Despite Cutler's absence, the offensive line remains significantly improved and all of the offensive weapons are still in place.
If you can believe it, the Bears' offense actually averages more points per game than Green Bay -- 30.4 to 30.3. With some of the inconsistencies of the Bears this season, it is easy to forget that, overall, the offense has been a significant force to deal with. After all, they just put up 41 points on the team from Washington (though seven was from Hester)...with McCown at quarterback most of the way.
Good thing, too. Because you get the feeling they are going to need to score that to have a chance against Green Bay.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Bears follower. Living in Illinois his entire life has given him an opportunity to closely follow Chicago sports and has allowed him to contribute to Yahoo Sports,Yahoo Voices, and various independent sports blogs. Brian is also a senior in college majoring in creative writing.
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