Packers Vs. Bears: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

One thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Packers prepare to host the Bears at Lambeau Field at 3:15 p.m. Central time.

Here's some key aspects to watch for in each phase of the game from a Packers perspective...

  • Offense: Help Bryan Bulaga–Julius Peppers will spend a majority of the day lined up across from the rookie right tackle. He harassed the Packers in their first meeting with veteran Mark Tauscher on the right side, and there's no telling what he might be able to do against a rookie. While displaying potential, Bulaga has been very inconsistent this season and has given up more than his fair share of sacks. Help from the backfield will be critical.
  • Defense: Get early pressure on Jay Cutler–As most observers know, Jay Cutler can be forced into making mistakes. If the Packers happen to get ahead, the simple fact that the Bears are playing from behind is enough to pressure Cutler into forcing throws he maybe shouldn't make. Thus, blitzing extra rushers may not be necessary. However, when it's a 0-0 ballgame, Cutler needs to be forced to make bad decisions. And that may need to come in the form of blitzing inside linebackers, cornerbacks or safeties early in the game.
  • Special teams: Mix kicks and punts–The Packers can't let Devin Hester and the Bears' other talented returners get in open space, but they also can't afford to be predictable. Punter Tim Masthay needs to pin him to the left sideline one time and the right side the next. When they're at mid-field sacrifice distance for hangtime that will allow the coverage to surround him. When inside the opponents' territory, use an Aussie-style punt one time and attempt to kick it out of bounds the next. Same thing on kickoffs. Pooch it one time, squib it one time, pin them along the sidelines the next. Keep them guessing.
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Ruppert's picture

January 02, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Our D and special teams need to look out for trick plays. The Bears have a long history of using gadget plays. They truly have nothing to lose, and if they succeed, it will make the Packers look stupid. I really think we'll see some gimmicky garbage from Chicago today, whether they rest anybody or not.

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davyjones's picture

January 02, 2011 at 01:37 pm

However, I don't think the Bears will show too much of their bag of tricks to the rest of the NCF playoff teams OR to the Packers in case they see them again in 3 weeks.

I'm thinking they'll be pretty conservative so as not to show their cards.

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January 02, 2011 at 03:31 pm

"Same thing on kickoffs. Pooch it one time, squib it one time, pin them along the sidelines the next. Keep them guessing."

Just dont let the friggin guard return it for 72 yards!

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