Packers vs. Bears: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

One thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Green Bay Packers prepare to take on the Chicago Bears in Week 3.

One thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Green Bay Packers prepare to take on the Chicago Bears in Week 3...

  • Offense: Find Jermichael Finley often and late––Through the first two weeks, it seemed like the Packers went to Finley early in the game to much success and then targeted other receivers in the second half. But the strange thing is, it didn't appear to the naked eye, that Finley was any less open. Less to do with the timing of the game is that Finley will be needed to beat the Bears' vaunted Cover-2 scheme with routes down the seam versus mismatched linebackers.
  • Defense: Scheming to stop Matt Forte––The opponent's leading receiver in Week 1 was the Saints' Darren Sproles with seven catches for 75 yards. In Week 2 it was the Panthers' Jonathan Stewart with eight catches for 100 yards. Forte is a threat through the air, and the Packers have to figure out ways to limit the effectiveness by the running backs––and even tight ends––with those delayed routes and screen passes. The linebackers have to be on top of their game in pass coverage, and Dom Capers may have to figure out ways to help them out.
  • Special teams: Gunning down Devin Hester––The Tim Masthay vs. Devin Hester matchup has gotten its fair share of attention, but we'll put a twist on it. The gunners on the punt team are going to have to corral Hester. The Packers do their fair share of punting toward the sideline, particularly to Jarrett Bush's side, to utilize his speed and keep punt returners in check. Remember Bush's performance in Week 17 last year by downing two punts inside the 20 late in the game in addition to a couple special teams tackles? The Packers need more of the same today.
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September 25, 2011 at 11:38 am

So much attention is being given to the Bears' offensive line woes, I've myself thought about Matt Forte and how that can quell the noise if we let him have a good day. I don't want to see him burning us like the other RB's have done, or himself on the last drive of the Championship Game, for that matter. Shut down Forte, and get to Cutler. Sounds great. Let's do it. :)

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