The biggest question for the Packers heading into Monday night's NFC North showdown with the Chicago Bears at Solider Field is whether Chad Clifton will be ready to go. He's been limited in practice all week dealing with sore knees that forced him out of the Buffalo game in the second quarter. While Mike McCarthy expects Clifton to start if well, Brian Bulaga is preparing for his first NFL start, against Julius Peppers no less. The defensive unit is hoping Mike Neal can finally get on the field. Just before opening day, the second round pick pulled a muscle in his side and he's yet to be active. Neal will help on the defensive line rotation. The 180th meeting in the NFL's oldest rivalry is for first place in the division and while most expected the Packers to get out of the gate at 2-0, the Bears have matched that start, shaking off what should have been a loss to Detroit on opening day over the controversial rule interpretation of Calvin Johnson's apparent game winning TD catch for Detroit, by beating up the Cowboys in Dallas last week 27-20. Jay Cutler is the NFL passer ratings leader after two weeks at 121.2, with 5 touchdowns and only 1 interception running Mike Martz's new offense. Matt Forte has accounted for 267 yards from scrimmage, leading the team with 12 receptions and three scores. The addition of Peppers has boosted the defense with Brian Urlacher at full strength after breaking his wrist on opening day at Lambeau last year and missing the season. Chicago has allowed a scant 56 yards rushing in the first two weeks. Green Bay is a field goal favorite on Monday night football.
Here's a sampling of quotes from both camps on the renewal of the NFL's best rivalry: