1. Pressure on Cutler: We all know that the Packers biggest defensive weapon is when Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson blitz. On the offensive line the Bears will start rookie J'Marcus Webb so you can expect to see Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson firing through that gap. Jay Cutler is one of the biggest gun slingers in the NFL. Like Brett Favre, if you can get guys in Cutler's face, he will loft the ball up for grabs. The Packers have 3 pro bowlers in their secondary (Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and Nick Collins). Expect a main emphasis in practice this week to be getting Matthews and Woodson to get on Cutler. Guys like Erik Walden and Desmond Bishop will have a nice chance to step up with so much of the focus being on Clay and Charles.
The Packers took this to heart! Wow. Jay Cutler was replaced by Todd Collins and Caleb Hanie throughout this game. There was no real offensive flow for the Bears after Cutler was knocked out, most of their yards coming on the ground thanks to Matt Forte. Hanie did have a passing TD, but that was because of a mental lapse/field conditions to Nick Collins.
2. Air Attack: It is no secret that the Packers have struggled running the ball season. And even though James Starks has had excellent games against the Eagles and the Falcons, how long can we expect him to keep that up? Don't get me wrong, Starks is a big powerful runner and will fight for every yard he gets, however, with weapons such as Jennings, Driver, Nelson and James Jones, Aaron Rodgers will have to be on target Sunday afternoon. Aaron Rodgers does not seemed to be phased by the big game pressure but I can't overlook the game where the Packers only scored three points against the Detroit Lions.
Even though the score may not support this, the Packers did very well through the air, especially in the beginning on the opening drive. Aaron Rodgers seemed like he could move the ball at will and mostly taking advantage of young cornerback, Tim Jennings.
3. Special Teams: Returning punts for the Bears is arguably the greatest punt returner of all-time. Teams say that they wont punt to him, and what you usually see the next week is that they do. If the Packers have a great weakness it is Special Teams coverage. Devin Hester can not be allowed to get his hands on the ball and if he does he needs to be directed towards the sideline. The Packers did an excellent job of letting Hester catch the ball but not go anywhere in their last meeting, week 17.
My oh my, what a job by the punt coverage team. At one point in the game Devin Hester had 2 returns for an average of three yards. Three Yards!!!! This is arguably the best kick returner in the history of the NFL we are talking about. The Packers also did an excellent job of giving the Bears horrible feel position, as they lead the league in field position. Average starting spot, 32 yard line.
WILL SEE YOU GUYS IN DALLAS!
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