There are a lot of great matchups to choose from in week 3, but no other matchup has a history that includes 22 world championships between the two teams. More importantly, both these teams are in the NFC North, and just like last year, this game could play a big part in home-field advantage in the playoffs.
It’s no secret that the offensive line for the Bears has not fared well as Cutler has been sacked already eleven times in just two games, and has started to show his frustration as a result. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz and line coach Mike Tice both insist that the blame go in their direction. But no matter who is to blame thus far, the matter needs to be fixed quickly in order for this team to not only give Cutler proper time to operate in the pocket, but to keep pace with Green Bay and the upstart squad in Detroit.
It will be interesting to see just how much time Cutler can have to throw downfield to Johnny Knox and Devin Hester. My guess would be that Green Bay should prepare themselves for a heavy dose of Matt Forte and many short passes. But if Cutler can find the time, he might have a chance to capitalize on a banged up Green Bay secondary.
Packer fans can at least breather a sigh of relief as cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams are both listed as probable, along with linebacker Clay Matthews. But after just two games, this defense is generally not in great health. I’m curious to know how this crazy computer-voice pronounces Tramon - for those listening.
I trust that I don’t need to explain how good Aaron Rodgers is. Rodgers has only one real weakness, and that’s occasionally holding on to the ball too long. Despite his continual improvement in this area, I still believe that Julius Peppers is going to put him down at some point.
The real question comes down to Brian Urlacher. He was excellent in week one against the Falcons, and not so amazing the following week at New Orleans. In fairness, that game was just days after the passing of his mother, which is a more than understandable time for him to not have a very strong game. So where’s Urlacher’s head going to be at this sunday? One thing we know for sure, it will be at Soldier Field.
Turnover ratios are always a big factor in any game, so I’m not going to claim turnovers to be the only key in this matchup. If Chicago’s offense can rack up enough first downs to keep their defense from being on the field too many minutes, then they have a shot. But if the Bears o-line continues to fail, and Rodgers converts third downs at a high percentage against the monsters of the midway, it will be a long and forgettable game for da’ Bears.
As always, thank you for reading and good luck this weekend to all my fantasy heads out there! – Except the ones playing against me of course.