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Last week, I wrote that Cam Newton should surprise the Packers, but not anything to the extent of pulling off an upset. I was right, but he sure surprised the Packers much more than I thought he would.
But after reviewing the game, as hard as it is to believe (believe me, no one hates excuses more than I), I believe that game was just one gigantic fluke.
Cam Newton is elusive and big, and he was able to buy a lot of time. But, even with all the time he was buying, he was sacked four times, the Panthers scored one touchdown against Jarret Bush, and one late in the fourth quarter that didn't really matter.
That leaves Carolina with only nine legit points for the entire game. This week, Tramon Williams should be back in the line-up, and the Bears don't have a No. 1 receiver like Carolina did with Steve Smith.
There is one thing that the Bears hold over the Packers, however, and that is running back Matte Forte. Forte is probably the most underrated running back in the NFL.
Forte is one of the better receiving running backs in the NFL with over 200 yards receiving already this season, and averaged 4.5 yards per carry last season with what is arguably the worst offensive line in football. That's not good news for a team that has allowed over 200 receiving yards to running back's DeAngelo Williams, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Expect the Bears to capitalize on that as much as possible.
Outside of Forte though, the Bears don't have much that they can push with their offense.
Like I said earlier, the offensive line is one of the worst in football right now, and it doesn't help that Gabe Carimi is out for the game. The Packers should be able to rush the passer at will in this game. With Tramon Williams coming back, you can expect Jay Cutler to struggle getting his team down the field.
And even if they do manage to score points: