Chicago Bears: 5 things to Watch in Tonight’s Game
- Can Jay Cutler back-up the confidence?
Cutler wished Green Bay’s secondary “good luck” at utilizing physical tactics against Chicago’s receivers, while Brandon Marshall deadpanned, “I do welcome that.”
“We’ve got some dudes that, if you’re gonna get up in their face, even our speed guys are gonna get around them, and our big guys are gonna throw and go,” Cutler said. “So we invite press coverage. We invite man (coverage). If we get that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us.”
It will be interesting to see if Cutler can roll into Lambeau Field and back up his confidence in the matchup between the Bears WRs and The Packers Secondary. The Matchup the Bears might exploit most is Alshon Jeffery against Cornerback Jarrett Bush. Jeffery is coming off a big game in his first NFL game, and he will be lined up against arguably the Packers weakest link in the secondary.
Look for Cutler to target Jeffery a little more this game than he did this past game against the Indianapolis Colts.
- If Greg Jennings can’t suit up, how that will affect the Packers passing attack?
This stat just flashed across SportsCenter just now. In Jennings last 10 games vs. the Bears; he has caught 50 receptions, 753 yards, five touchdowns, and 15 yards per catch. I know that Packers have various offensive weapons, but Jennings is their best WR. If he can’t go, it allows the Bears to roll coverage to Jordy Nelson’s side in an attempt to take away another option.
- J’Marcus Webb vs. Clay Matthews
After dodging the likes of Brian Orakpo, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Dwight Freeney, Webb gets his first true test of the season against Matthews. You can expect offensive coordinator Mike Tice to help Webb with chip blocks from the Backs and Tight Ends, but there will be times where a play is called and it requires Webb to single block Matthews.
Webb can earn big confidence from his Quarterback and coaches moving forward with a great performance against the Outside Linebacker.
- How the Bears will defend Randall Cobb?
The Packers used Cobb in various spots on the field against the San Francisco 49ers, and he responded with nine catches for 77 yards. Cobb should see even more time if Jennings can’t go tonight and the Bears will need to find a way to neutralize the explosive playmaker.
The Bears could shadow Cobb with a player like D.J. Moore who is one of the better nickel backs in the league.
- Who will step up at Left Defensive End for the Bears?
The way to defeat great QBs like Aaron Rodgers is to consistently get pressure on them. The Bears know what they are getting from Julius Peppers and the defensive tackles should also make their presence felt.
The interesting question is what will you get from the LDE position? Corey Wootton had a decent game against the Colts, but he needs to duplicate that against a very good Right Tackle in Bryan Bulaga. Israel Idonije will also get time there on the edge, but the guy to keep an eye on is rookie Shea McClellin.
Rodgers likes to roll out the pocket and make plays with his feet, and McClellin is a very good athlete who is quick and fast. This could be a game where McClellin could have an impact in.