Preview: Packers at Bears
Do you have your tickets to the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears game on Monday Night at Soldier Field?
Are you ready for some Football!?
Sept 24, 2010 ~ From PackerInsider
~When: 7:30 p.m. Monday. Where: Soldier Field. Television: ESPN.
Radio: AM-620 in Milwaukee metro area. Wayne Larrivee will call the play-by-play action for the Packers Radio Network with Larry McCarren providing the analysis.
Line: Packers by 3 1/2. Series record: Bears lead, 90-82-6.
Last time they met: Packers 21, Bears 14, on Dec. 13, 2009.
Ryan Grant broke off a season-long 62-yard touchdown on the Packers’ first play from scrimmage and scored the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter after Nick Collins intercepted Jay Cutler, who was trying to give the Bears the lead late in the game.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
1. WE MEET AGAIN: The Packers-Bears rivalry is football’s longest, with Chicago holding a 90-82-6 advantage over their neighbors from the north. Packer coach Mike McCarthy is 4-4 against the Bears, including two wins a year ago. Chicago’s Lovie Smith is 7-5 against the Packers. The teams have met nine times on Monday night, and Green Bay is 5-4 in those contests.
2. HE’S ROLLING NOW: Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler threw 19 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in his first 14 games as a Bear. In his last four games, Cutler has 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
This year, Cutler has been particularly impressive with five TDs, one pick and a 121.1 passer rating. The strong-armed, extremely athletic Cutler appears to have bought into Mike Martz’s aggressive offensive scheme. For now, the high-risk, high-reward approach is working like a charm.
3. SLOWING DOWN JULIUS: The Bears gave standout defensive end Julius Peppers what is essentially a three-year, $40.5 million deal in March specifically for games like this. Peppers has recorded double digit sacks in six of his eight NFL seasons and has 83 for his career. Peppers, the No. 2-overall pick in 2002, has rare athleticism. Whether the Packers are playing Chad Clifton or Bryan Bulaga at left tackle, they have to get Peppers blocked.
4. QUITE A WEAPON: Bears running back Matt Forte rushed for 1,238 yards in 2008 but is averaging just 39.5 per game this year. But Forte is excelling in the passing game, and he’s drawn comparisons to former Rams star Marshall Faulk, another Martz disciple. Through two games, Forte has 188 receiving yards and three TDs. He’s not nearly as fast or shifty as Faulk was, but he’s been equally productive.
5. AERIAL CIRCUS: Green Bay features one of football’s top passing offenses. The Bears are mediocre in the secondary and have allowed 273 passing yards per game through the first two weeks. Look for Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense to do plenty of damage through the air.
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