Keys to the Game Week One: The Chicago Bears

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arodYeah, I know it’s the middle of June, but August will be here before you know it and with it…football. The dog days of Summer serve to remind us that those crisp mornings and golden afternoons are quickly approaching and for those of you who, like me, favor the Fall above all seasons, you are probably thinking about that September 13th matchup against the Bears at Soldier Field too. There is one key to this game and one only. If the Packers do their job in this regard…easy win. If they fail, the Bears will have a chance to push the Packers to the brink of another 1-2 start to the season. The Packers have been slow starters since 2012, going 1-2 to start each of these seasons. To make matters worse, in each of those 1-2 starts, at least one of the losses was to a NFC West opponent namely the 49er’s or Seahawks and the Packers have to play the Seahawks right after the Bears. To me this year’s Packers will show their true colors early in the season. If they start strong I will be expecting very big things but if they go 1-2 again my enthusiasm will be be diminished, not that they won’t go to the playoffs, but I will be wondering if we are in for yet another major disappointment at season’s end. So without further ado, here is the key to the Bears game.

Packers vs BearsThere has been one constant threat on the Bears for years. There has also been one player that I have respect for on the Bears and that player is Matt Forte. Forte was the only thing that went right for the Bears in 2014, amassing over 1,000 yards and over 100 catches (102). With the exit of Brandon Marshall Forte will be called upon even more in 2015 to be a difference maker.

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The Packers defense, at the same time, may have question marks at the inside linebacker position. The Bears will be sure to matchup Forte with a linebacker coming out of the backfield as much as they can. So there is a real danger that Matt Forte will continue to be a thorn in the Packers flesh when they meet in September. Add to that the historical slow starting Packers and the youth at the ILB position and I think the Packers have to be careful that Matt Forte doesn’t shred the defense like he did in the first meeting against the Packers in 2014.

While I don’t think the Bears have enough weapons to beat the Packers, I do think that Matt Forte is a threat. He is top notch in yards after the catch and favorable matchups could be a problem for the Packers defense. One of the linebackers toughest challenges is making the decision to drive downhill to the quarterback or drop back to cover receivers that are coming out of the backfield. If a young linebacker (Clay Matthews was even guilty of this) drives forward too soon, he risks not seeing the back sneaking out into the flats. Matt Forte is a savvy vet and can exploit this.

To me, the formula for beating the Bears is simple…stop Matt Forte. Go ahead and put the game in Jay Cutler’s hands (so we can get a jump on the number of INT’s the defense gets) and let him throw rocket-balls. Without Marshall, the job of stopping the Bears passing attack got easier. And while I know we may also still have some question marks in the defensive backfield I think if we shut down Forte, we win big.

Go Pack!

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Jeffery Hayes

Jeffery Hayes is a contributor to www.greenbaypackernation.com. Jeff was born and raised in Kenosha Wisconsin Currently resides in Brooklyn Wisconsin. Been a Packer fan since the 70's

10 Comments

  1.   January 18, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Tough year but it did on a great season ending game despite the loss. My one question that will haunt me all off season is what happened to the team after the first loss to Denver? After that game they were not a team anymore . Arguments on the sidelines, throwing I-pads, and total confusion. Then at Washington it all changed. Why?
    Anyway I’m Green and Gold forever! Next year we will return to greatness

  2.   January 18, 2016, 11:33 am

    I agree that they did better than they probably should have with the receiving core they had and that they needed the speed of Janes but his hands and routes will cost us too many interceptions in key moments. Even in his biggest play of his career in Arizona (yes I was there in person so did not get to see all the replays) he managed to drop it and get lucky to have a second chance before it hit the ground. Nelson and Montgomery should be ahead of him on the depth chart as should Abredaris (sp?)….my concerns were why Cobb can’t get open without Nelson and Janis in general!! If we could trade Janes and get something for him I would do it in a heartbeat….by the time you look at a WR depth chart where is Janes in your mind?
    Nelson
    Cobb
    Jones
    Adams
    Montgomery
    Abredaris
    Janis
    ???

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:11 pm

      Jones probably won’t be re-signed so you go with your list, in that order, minus Jones.

  3.   January 18, 2016, 11:32 am

    If Sam Shields catches that ball for an INT, we win the game…..

    •   January 18, 2016, 7:51 pm

      Yes, for me that was the biggest frustration of this game. His two drops cost us 10 points. To take that a step further, on the AZ tipped pass for a touchdown, Randall and Heyward were blanketing their receivers. Shields was so far off Michael Floyd that he wasn’t even in the TV shot when Floyd caught it. Had he been covering like the rest of his defensive backfield, there wouldn’t be a catch off the tip. My biggest rant: Big contract money and failure in the big moment from our veteran defensive back.

    •   January 18, 2016, 12:09 pm

      He dropped two that resulted in 10 points for the Cards.

  4.   January 18, 2016, 10:55 am

    Couple of things. I think Mathews might have a valid point. In golf s “sudden death” playoff goes until someone actually wins, in basketball they play until someone wins, hockey the same. Why only in football does a team not get a chance to play? Nest, I think the Coach is maybe a little conservative in his decisions. OK that is it. Have a great off year.

    •   January 18, 2016, 6:29 pm

      Ya agree they should have to play the whole over time so each team gets a chance to win the rule suck and they need to change that rule at least it would be fair to all teams.

  5.   January 18, 2016, 10:36 am

    So, yes, we had many injuries – Jordy, Sam B., Andrew Q., Morgan B, Sam Shields, Ty M., DaVante A., each O-Lineman, Eddie’s rib, and likely a few that don’t come immediately to mind.
    Yes, big names. But, every team has injuries, and those we relied on (when they were healthy) didn’t deliver at a level we needed.
    I think when we talk injuries as a driver of our shorter-than-desired playoff run, or in regard to the season in total, we have to talk about execution, or lack thereof, by those that did play when healthy. Drops, sacks, missed tackles, dropped INT’s, fumbles, missed blocks and many a penalty. Keep these in mind for next year too, please – as we may have been “hurt” more by poor execution than by injuries. That said, we played better than expected vs. AZ, so yes, there is a lot of optimism for next year, provided we execute. That’s on both the players and the coaches, so all involved have something to work on and build on.

  6.   January 18, 2016, 9:55 am

    Well said on all points. The Pack will be back on top next season of that I have NO DOUBT!!!

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