How the Chicago Bears Can Finally Conquer Green Bay

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    How the Chicago Bears Can Finally Conquer Green Bay

    by Erik Lambert 3h ago

    The Green Bay Packers own the NFC North as of last season. What must the Chicago Bears do to overcome their longtime nemesis?
    Ride Matt Forte
    Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery get all the attention these days for the Bears offense, but it doesn’t change the fact that everything begins and ends with running back Matt Forte. The Green Bay Packers know that better than most teams. In two games last year the Pro Bowl running back posted 235 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He is the catalyst of the offense and he plays his best against the Packers.
    Trust Marc Trestman to his work with Jay Cutler
    Chicago Bears fans only wish that were true for quarterback Jay Cutler, who has endured an ugly 1-9 record against Green Bay since joining the team in 2009. Not all of it is his fault, but there is no doubt his inability to even modestly effective against the Packers is a primary reason so many people still doubt him. However, last season offered signs of a breakthrough when Cutler posted 226 yards and two touchdowns in the regular season finale, good for a 103.8 QB rating, easily his best against the Packers as a Bear. It was a clear sign that the work head coach Marc Trestman put in on him is having an effect. Could more time yield further results?
    Get to halftime with the lead
    Since 2009, Chicago is a dismal 2-9 against the Packers. Such streaks typically reveal trends in the chaos and there certainly is a big one. Out of those nine losses, the Bears trailed at halftime in eight of them. It’s a fairly simple stat that sends a clear message. Green Bay is exceptional at protecting a lead in the second half. If the Bears want to overcome this hurdle they keep stumbling on, then they have to start taking advantage of opportunities earlier in ball games and getting into the locker room ahead. In fact Jay Cutler’s sole victory over them in 2010 was a game where the Bears were up 17-10 at the break. It’s a very simple but difficult feat to accomplish.
    Attack Aaron Rodgers
    More than ever the success of the Green Bay Packers goes through Aaron Rodgers. People will talk about running back Eddie Lacy but the fact is without Rodgers starting and finishing a game the Packers were 2-5-1. When he is neutralized or at least contained, Green Bay struggles to function. That is why the Chicago Bears need their pass rush to wake up in 2014. Jared Allen and his new teammates up front have to generate pressure consistently, even if they don’t sack Rodgers. If he’s allow to survey the field, like any elite quarterback he will make the play. Yet also like any quarterback, constantly getting hit and having hands in his face will disrupt everything he does.
    The Bears won’t earn any respect until they prove they can beat the Packers when it counts. To do that will take supreme effort and keen understanding of their situation.
     
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    Thats what I am talking about. I expect to see this mentality against us to this year so we need some good backups on the Oline. We look ok for now but be nice next year to find another K Long type.
     
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    I say we just have Rodgers shot :duals:and Lacey "knee capped" :injured:and ya' know, claim we know nothing about it.

    I agree with his approach though and have always said if we can contain Rodgers in the pocket and get strong inside push to get in his face it takes away both his ability to escape laterally and his ability to step into his throws then he becomes as mortal as any other passer.

    The Packers line isn't that astounding but Rodgers receivers are good at getting into their routes quickly and he's good at getting the ball out quickly so it's very tough to sack him but anyone who can take away his ability to bail out and make plays outside the pocket takes way a huge weapon.

    The bottom line is that come hell or high water the Packers are who we have to beat. It's that simple.
     
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    I suspect this was the game plan going into the offseason. Emery clearly wanted some pass rushers and walked away with Allen, Houston, and Willie Young. Moved McC to LB were he can blitz from and picked up a 3-Tech who had something like 18 sacks his junior year in college in Sutton.

    Throw in some various blitz packages and I see Rodgers looking like Cutler did the first 4 or 5 years in the Bears Uniform. I predict Rodgers will spend a good portion of his time running for his life and making some bad decisions which hopefully lead to some picks. Be interesting to see how GB coach McCarthy will respond, run Lacey or short screens, one benefit Rodgers will have that Culter did not have is his coach understands how to call plays to assist the QB when under pressure, we had Martz calling for a 7 step drop. Wow, how foolish we looked.
     
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    It's really quite simple; play football better than them.
     
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    I got the best plan score more points then they do, and we will win every time.
     
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    Allen previously had his best games against the Pack. I like the way things have been transpiring, but until we beat them it doesn't really mean so much.
     
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    Beat me to it. LOL The simplest approach always works best although if we can hold them to zero it gets even easier. :smilebig:
     
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    I'm really looking forward to our next game against the Pack (more so than in recent years) because it probably will be THE game that shows us what we can expect this season. It's going to be our 4th game of the season, so the new players on defense should be settled in and playing as well as they are going to play this year. It's a home game too. This should be the early "showcase game" for our 2014 team - and we'll know by the end of that game if we have the power to unseat GB as division champs this year. And no more excuses this year. We either beat them, or we're just another mediocre Bears team again in 2014.

    I just have a gut feeling that this could also be a "statement game" if the team is as improved as we hope. It's been a long time since we put a beat-down on the Packers. I'd sure like to see it come in this game. Not just a win. But an old fashioned beat-down win, making a statement that WE are now the big dogs in the division and GB can begin looking up at OUR backside as we move past them. Green Bay will still be one of the better teams in the NFL, so if we can manhandle them this year, in that game, then we should have a deep playoff run this year. I'm tired of always hoping for "next year" to be "our year" - it does get old after awhile. I want THIS year to be our year. That road goes through Green Bay. If we want to be the best, then we have to beat the best - and in our division that's Green Bay. Hope we put a boot on their throat and crush them in that first (and second game for that matter).
     
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    gotta have a better deaper team then them; and a HC that know how to develop a solid plan A, B and C for how the game unfolds and a QB that understands he cannot give Rogers multiple shots via turn overs.

    Do that and you'll beat them 80% of the time.
     

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