NFL Picks Week 3: Why Jay Cutler Will Lead the Bears Past Packers
The Bears have struggled in both games and suffered a tough loss against the New Orleans Saints last week to bring them to a 1-1 record.
The 2-0 Packers look to keep their winning streak going. The last time these two met it was in the NFC Championship game. A few weeks later the Bears were watching as the Green Bay Packers were winning the Super Bowl.
The Bears now hope to dismantle the Packers who are firing on all cylinders. Here is a few things that Jay Cutler and the Bears are going to have to do if they want to win this game.
Cutler Is Going to Need to Pass Quickly
Quarterback Jay Cutler's offensive line is extremely shaky.
They allowed Cutler to get sacked six times against the New Orleans Saints in addition to 16 hits on the Bears quarterback.
These hits left Cutler beaten sore and with a raspy voice after being kicked in the throat on one of the plays.
The Bears have allowed 11 sacks in the two games they have played which does not fair well going up against the Packers.
Against the Packers, Cutler is going to need to pass the ball quickly. His offensive line clearly showed that they cannot hold their blocks.
If Cutler wants to leave this game alive he is going to need to learn how to pass quickly and get rid of the ball.
The Packers run a high risk high reward defense which can be picked apart by a quarterback who knows what he is doing. The Packers have also given up 851 passing yards over their past two games which could be in the Bears favor.
Cutler Needs to Utalize His Recievers
Cutler is going to need to utilize his receivers.
Cutler should have all of his receivers on the field come Sunday which is good news for him and the Bears.
The Bears need to utilize a play action passing game to take the heat off Cutler and open the field a bit.
The Packers are susceptible to making mistakes in their secondary much like they were in the opening drives of the Carolina game.
Cutler will have receivers open on the long ball with Knox, Williams, and Hester who are all quick receivers who could cause problems for Green Bay's secondary.
Cutler Must Spread the Ball
The Bears are going to need to spread out the ball come Sunday. A lot of blame has fallen on Mike Martz who has been calling the shots on offense.
Well if Martz wants to win this game he is going to have to run the ball every once in awhile.
The Bears have always been known as a tough running team who is going to run down your throat every play.
Martz's needs to go back to this philosophy if he wants success against Green Bay. If the Packers sense that Chicago is not going to run the ball they will attack every play and Cutler will bear the brunt of that attack.
Forte is the answer, in one of my favorite quotes from the movie Friday Nigh Lights when Boobie Miles' uncle describes how Boobie can play really describes Forte, "He can spin left. He can spin right. Don't make no difference.
He can block, tackle, score the touchdown, snap the ball, hold the snap and kick the extra point. Hell, the boy will fill up the Gatorade cooler, walk the dog, and paint your back porch. I'm telling you, that boy can flat out play football.
Ow! And he can pass!" Forte is just a great player who can really help this team if he is given an opportunity.
Bears Defense and Special Teams
Chicago is going to need to be aggressive on defense against the Packers.
Green Bay has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL and they will tear defenses apart if they are not prepared.
The Bears are going to have to get to Rodgers quickly if they don't want him to tear apart their secondary.
Bear's defensive end Julius Peppers is going to be matched up against Chad Clifton who is arguably the best lineman for Green Bay.
Peppers has a lot of strength and has the moves to get into Green Bay's backfield this will be key in the Bear's defensive attack.
Key in on the Peppers and Clifton battle because it could be a huge factor in this game.
Chicago also has arguably the best special teams unit in the NFL. Kicker Robbie Gould and Punter Adam Podlesh are going to have to keep the ball out of the hands of Randall Cobb who has shown he is dangerous.
Gould is ranked fourth in the league in touchback percentage so this should not be a problem.
The most dangerous person on the Bears special teams is Devin Hester. He is very dangerous and a game changer who can bring the Bears right back when you think they are out.
Green Bay should have enough sense to not kick to him but if they do the Packers may find themselves down and out at the end of the game.