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09/13/2012 01:50 AM

Marshall, Bears offer new challenge to Pack

September 12, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - With two words, Jay Cutler dismissed the notion that the Green Bay Packers would be able to disrupt the Chicago Bears' new-look wide receiver corps with physical play: Good luck.

Emboldened by a makeover that featured the arrival of Brandon Marshall, Cutler believes the Bears are better prepared to handle any sort of clutching, grabbing or jamming by the Packers.

``Our speed guys are going to get around them and our big guys are going to throw and go,'' Cutler said. ``We invite press coverage. We invite man. And if we get in that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us.''

And if the Bears (1-0) somehow find a way to outscore Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (0-1) at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, the result will be something that seemed unlikely going into the season: The Bears could send the NFC North heavyweights to an unlikely 0-2 start at home.

Four days after their defense got pushed around in a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers must find a way to stop a Bears offense that put up 41 points on Indianapolis in a Week 1 victory.

Renewing the productive partnership he had with Cutler in Denver, Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards with a touchdown.

``They definitely have better personnel, especially on the perimeter,'' Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. ``Jay has confidence in those guys and is definitely going to give those guys a chance to go get the ball.''

Williams said Marshall's size and skill present a tough challenge but added, ``I'm up for the task.''

Marshall had a big game the last time he faced the Packers, catching 10 passes for 127 yards with the Miami Dolphins in 2010. He welcomes the physical brand of coverage the Packers have used to neutralize Bears receivers in the past.

``It's all about matchups,'' Marshall said. ``I'm 6-5, 230. There aren't too many DBs walking around that big. If they want to get physical, I do welcome that. But again, you look at Williams and (Sam) Shields over there and even (Charles) Woodson when he's down there, they like to mix it up a lot. They give you different looks and that's what gives them big-play potential.''

Besides changes on offense, which also included drafting another big wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery and signing free agent running back Michael Bush to team with Matt Forte - the Bears also have a new look led by Mike Tice.

``I think there is a big difference to what we are doing offensively,'' Cutler said. ``This is a totally different scheme, a mentality and direction that we are going offensively. So, there would be no advantage for (the Packers) watching tape from last year of what we did. It's totally different. I think they understand that.''

One thing the Bears didn't appear to fix in the offseason was their offensive line.

Cutler was sacked 23 times in 10 games last season before breaking his right thumb. He was sacked twice in Sunday's victory over Indianapolis - and the Colts played most of the game without Dwight Freeney, who left with a sprained left ankle.

While the Packers' defense got pushed around by the 49ers, it did manage to sack Alex Smith four times. That's an indication that they might have fixed one of last year's biggest defensive deficiencies.

``I thought we did some good things in the pass rush,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ``The statistical support of that would be the four sacks, but I thought we had good pressure (throughout the game).''

Green Bay could be without wide receiver Greg Jennings, who hurt his groin in the game, has missed practice time and is listed as doubtful. The Packers could again try to create mismatches with Randall Cobb, who caught a team-high nine passes last week.

Rodgers tore the Bears apart in last time the teams met, completing 21 of 29 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns in a Christmas Day win at Lambeau.

The Packers will be hoping for more production from Cedric Benson, who had nine carries for only 18 yards last week. Benson, a first-round pick by Chicago in 2005, had 189 yards rushing when he faced the Bears with Cincinnati in 2009.

Expect Rodgers to test linebacker Brian Urlacher, who missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a left knee injury that required surgery. With the Bears up big, Urlacher came out of the Colts game early, presumably to rest up for the quick turnaround.

``Looks like he's moving around pretty good,'' Rodgers said. ``They were up by 20 when he came out. I would expect him to be ready to go.''

Bears coach Lovie Smith insists that Urlacher is the same player he was before the injury.

``He still is that guy,'' Smith said. ``He's the face of our franchise. That's not going to change. He had an injury. A lot of guys go through injuries. I thought last week that was a good start for him. He got about 30 plays. He was old Brian.''

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09/13/2012 01:50 AM

Marshall, Bears offer new challenge to Pack

September 12, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - With two words, Jay Cutler dismissed the notion that the Green Bay Packers would be able to disrupt the Chicago Bears' new-look wide receiver corps with physical play: Good luck.

Emboldened by a makeover that featured the arrival of Brandon Marshall, Cutler believes the Bears are better prepared to handle any sort of clutching, grabbing or jamming by the Packers.

``Our speed guys are going to get around them and our big guys are going to throw and go,'' Cutler said. ``We invite press coverage. We invite man. And if we get in that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us.''

And if the Bears (1-0) somehow find a way to outscore Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (0-1) at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, the result will be something that seemed unlikely going into the season: The Bears could send the NFC North heavyweights to an unlikely 0-2 start at home.

Four days after their defense got pushed around in a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers must find a way to stop a Bears offense that put up 41 points on Indianapolis in a Week 1 victory.

Renewing the productive partnership he had with Cutler in Denver, Marshall caught nine passes for 119 yards with a touchdown.

``They definitely have better personnel, especially on the perimeter,'' Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. ``Jay has confidence in those guys and is definitely going to give those guys a chance to go get the ball.''

Williams said Marshall's size and skill present a tough challenge but added, ``I'm up for the task.''

Marshall had a big game the last time he faced the Packers, catching 10 passes for 127 yards with the Miami Dolphins in 2010. He welcomes the physical brand of coverage the Packers have used to neutralize Bears receivers in the past.

``It's all about matchups,'' Marshall said. ``I'm 6-5, 230. There aren't too many DBs walking around that big. If they want to get physical, I do welcome that. But again, you look at Williams and (Sam) Shields over there and even (Charles) Woodson when he's down there, they like to mix it up a lot. They give you different looks and that's what gives them big-play potential.''

Besides changes on offense, which also included drafting another big wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery and signing free agent running back Michael Bush to team with Matt Forte - the Bears also have a new look led by Mike Tice.

``I think there is a big difference to what we are doing offensively,'' Cutler said. ``This is a totally different scheme, a mentality and direction that we are going offensively. So, there would be no advantage for (the Packers) watching tape from last year of what we did. It's totally different. I think they understand that.''

One thing the Bears didn't appear to fix in the offseason was their offensive line.

Cutler was sacked 23 times in 10 games last season before breaking his right thumb. He was sacked twice in Sunday's victory over Indianapolis - and the Colts played most of the game without Dwight Freeney, who left with a sprained left ankle.

While the Packers' defense got pushed around by the 49ers, it did manage to sack Alex Smith four times. That's an indication that they might have fixed one of last year's biggest defensive deficiencies.

``I thought we did some good things in the pass rush,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ``The statistical support of that would be the four sacks, but I thought we had good pressure (throughout the game).''

Green Bay could be without wide receiver Greg Jennings, who hurt his groin in the game, has missed practice time and is listed as doubtful. The Packers could again try to create mismatches with Randall Cobb, who caught a team-high nine passes last week.

Rodgers tore the Bears apart in last time the teams met, completing 21 of 29 passes for 283 yards and five touchdowns in a Christmas Day win at Lambeau.

The Packers will be hoping for more production from Cedric Benson, who had nine carries for only 18 yards last week. Benson, a first-round pick by Chicago in 2005, had 189 yards rushing when he faced the Bears with Cincinnati in 2009.

Expect Rodgers to test linebacker Brian Urlacher, who missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a left knee injury that required surgery. With the Bears up big, Urlacher came out of the Colts game early, presumably to rest up for the quick turnaround.

``Looks like he's moving around pretty good,'' Rodgers said. ``They were up by 20 when he came out. I would expect him to be ready to go.''

Bears coach Lovie Smith insists that Urlacher is the same player he was before the injury.

``He still is that guy,'' Smith said. ``He's the face of our franchise. That's not going to change. He had an injury. A lot of guys go through injuries. I thought last week that was a good start for him. He got about 30 plays. He was old Brian.''

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09/13/2012 01:52 AM

NFL odds: Week 2 opening line report

From the way the commentators had to pick their jaws up off the desk in order to say something, you’d think football fans just witnessed a game ripe for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

The Washington Redskins’ 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints Sunday was a stunner – the 8-point spread tells us so. But, it wasn’t so much the final score that caught people off guard. It was the performance of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who passed for 320 yards, two touchdowns and tacked on 42 yards rushing in the win.

Griffin was the biggest star of Week 1, flooding Twitter with #RG3 and sending fantasy footballers scrambling for the waiver wire. The Redskins’ effort also forced oddsmakers to rethink Washington’s Week 2 odds. The Redskins opened as 3-point road favorites against the St. Louis Rams with a total of 45.5 next Sunday.

“Washington is another ‘hip’ go-to team for players, especially after the Skins' big win,” Peter Korner of The Sports Club, a Las Vegas-based oddsmaking service, told ***********. “We're a good field goal higher with the total (48) and respect the Rams’ defense. But this looks like another freewheeling game and we don't expect a defensive tilt.”

Here’s a look at the opening odds for some of Week 2’s biggest matchups:

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-5.5, 49)

The NFC pecking order was given a good shake as the San Francisco 49ers put the Packers in their place, squeezing the cheese 30-22 in Week 1. The Sports Club sent out Green Bay -7, confident that the Packers would bounce back in a mid-week game at home. Some online books opened as low as -4 but quickly were forced to -5.5 with money on the fave.

“We're pretty sure Packers backers will just wait until game day and see how low this line will go before getting on board,” says Korner. “If you set this low to open, expect to be rooting for the Bears on Thursday.”

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5, 41.5)

Did we underestimate the Jets or overestimate the Bills? New York put a poor preseason behind it and hung 48 points against a Buffalo defense that was supposed to be good. Pittsburgh appeared to be pulling out another Ben Roethlisberger last-minute comeback Sunday night, but instead tossed a pick-6 to the delight of over bettors.

“We expect a bounce-back game by the Steelers with their home opener but the Jets infused some self confidence with their big Week 1 win,” says Korner, who sent out Pittsburgh -5. “We're lower than the current line and expect J-E-T-S money come the weekend. “

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5, 46.5)

Ah, the “Handshake Bowl”. The media is already hyping up the bad blood between Lions head coach Jim Schwartz and Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, who got a little excited after a 25-19 win over Detroit last season and shook his counterpart's hand the same way the Hulk smashes a car.

This Sunday Night Football showdown opened as high as San Francisco -7, which has been bet off the key number, and the total opened at 46.5. The Sports Club sent out 47 points and expects a shootout between Detroit’s QB-WR combo and the 49ers' new-look pass attack.

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09/13/2012 01:53 AM

Football lines that make you go hmmm...

There’s such a thing as too much emotion, especially in sports.

The New Orleans Saints suffered from TME in Week 1 of the NFL season, coming off a summer filled with the “Bounty Gate” scandal and feverish contract negotiations with their star QB, not to mention having those banned players reinstated just days before the season opener.

New Orleans had been through more drama than a season of The Jersey Shore and it hadn't even flipped the coin with the Washington Redskins.

There was no doubt that the Saints were fired up for that game but may have left all that energy in the tunnel. By the time they hit the field, they were an emotionally-drained team, falling 40-32 to the Redskins as 8-point home favorites.

Just like a child calming down from a temper tantrum, the Saints are all cried out and ready to move on with the season. Next stop: Carolina, where books opened New Orleans as high as a 4-point favorite, which immediately was bet down to -1.

We’re not saying the Saints’ hangover is over, but Carolina didn’t look all that impressive either in Week 1, stinking it up in a 16-10 loss to Tampa Bay as a 3-point road favorite. Sure, Cam Newton has a similar skill set as Washington’s dual-threat QB Robert Griffin III but New Orleans is very familiar with Newton’s antics and has won four in a row over the Panthers (2-2 ATS).

This is just one of the lines making football bettors go “hmmm…” heading into this weekend’s action:

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (-3.5, 44.5)

Week 1 couldn’t have gone any worse for the Bills, who not only got smacked 48-28 by the Jets but also lost starting RB Fred Jackson for a few weeks and WR David Nelson for the entire season. If New York’s offense can hang 48 points, you have to think the Chiefs' talented trio can do the same.


NCAAF

Boston College Eagles at Northwestern Wildcats (-3.5, 53)

Apparently Boston College’s offense is winning over bettors more than Northwestern’s defense. The Eagles have posted 30-plus points in their first two games against Miami and FCS Maine. The Wildcats, however, are 2-0 against tough competition. They’ve defeated Syracuse and Vanderbilt covering the spread in both contests and now only give 3.5 at home. Are bettors reaching for a letdown spot after a win over an SEC team?

UConn Huskies at Maryland Terrapins (+2.5, 42.5)

Connecticut is far from a football super power and more than likely, the women’s basketball team has nicer digs than the men’s football squad. But the Huskies are getting little respect for their trip to Maryland in Week 3. The Terps are just 2.5-point home dogs despite escaping FCS William & Mary by one point in Week 1 and needing a fourth-quarter comeback versus Temple last weekend.

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09/13/2012 01:54 AM

NFL
Short Sheet

Week 2

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chicago at Green Bay, 8:20 ET NFL
Chicago: 3-12 ATS off a turnover margin of +4 or better
Green Bay: 4-0 ATS after allowing 175+ rushing yards


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Tampa Bay at NY Giants, 1:00 ET
Tampa Bay: 30-10 Under in the first two weeks of the season
NY Giants: 1-5 ATS as a home favorite of 7.5 to 14 points

Arizona at New England, 1:00 ET
Arizona: 6-10 ATS in road games
New England: 18-6 Over after scoring 30+ points

Minnesota at Indianapolis, 1:00 ET
Minnesota: 2-11 ATS away off a home win by 3 points or less
Indianapolis: 20-7 Under after allowing 300+ passing yards

New Orleans at Carolina, 1:00 ET
New Orleans: 7-0 ATS after having 50+ pass attempts
Carolina: 6-0 Over off a road game

Kansas City at Buffalo, 1:00 ET
Kansas City: 13-32 ATS vs. AFC East opponents
Buffalo: 16-6 Over at home vs. AFC West opponents

Baltimore at Philadelphia, 1:00 ET
Baltimore: 7-1 ATS after scoring 40+ points
Philadelphia: 7-14 ATS vs. AFC North opponents

Oakland at Miami, 1:00 ET
Oakland: 17-2 Under away off a home division loss
Miami: 34-15 ATS vs. AFC West opponents

Cleveland at Cincinnati, 1:00 ET
Cleveland: 8-1 Under as an underdog
Cincinnati: 8-24 ATS off a loss by 21+ points

Houston at Jacksonville, 1:00 ET
Houston: 11-3 ATS vs. conference opponents
Jacksonville: 6-0 Under at home off a road loss

Dallas at Seattle, 4:05 ET
Dallas: 4-15 ATS as a favorite
Seattle: 18-8 Over vs. conference opponents

Washington at St. Louis, 4:05 ET
Washington: 22-10 Under away after allowing 30+ points
St. Louis: 11-25 ATS vs. NFC East opponents

NY Jets at Pittsburgh, 4:25 ET
NY Jets: 12-3 Over as an underdog
Pittsburgh: 8-0 ATS off a loss

Tennessee at San Diego, 4:25 ET
Tennessee: 10-2 Under away in the first two weeks of the season
San Diego: 19-3 ATS vs. NFC South opponents

Detroit at San Francisco, 8:25 ET NBC
Detroit: 4-14 ATS away vs. NFC West opponents
San Francisco: 6-0 ATS at home off a road game


Monday, September 17, 2012

Denver at Atlanta, 8:35 ET ESPN
Denver: 6-1 ATS as a road underdog of 7 points or less
Atlanta: 6-18 ATS at home off a win by 14+ points

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09/13/2012 01:55 AM

NFL

Week 2

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Trend Report
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Thursday, September 13

8:20 PM
CHICAGO vs. GREEN BAY
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chicago's last 9 games on the road
Chicago is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Green Bay
Green Bay is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Chicago
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Green Bay's last 9 games when playing Chicago


Sunday, September 16

1:00 PM
BALTIMORE vs. PHILADELPHIA
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Baltimore is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Baltimore
Philadelphia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore

1:00 PM
CLEVELAND vs. CINCINNATI
Cleveland is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Cleveland is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cincinnati is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Cincinnati is 1-7-2 ATS in its last 10 games

1:00 PM
KANSAS CITY vs. BUFFALO
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Kansas City's last 12 games
Kansas City is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Buffalo's last 5 games
Buffalo is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City

1:00 PM
OAKLAND vs. MIAMI
Oakland is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing Oakland
Miami is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oakland

1:00 PM
ARIZONA vs. NEW ENGLAND
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing New England
Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
New England is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of New England's last 21 games at home

1:00 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. NY GIANTS
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Giants
NY Giants are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the NY Giants last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay

1:00 PM
MINNESOTA vs. INDIANAPOLIS
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 12 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Indianapolis is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
Indianapolis is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games

1:00 PM
HOUSTON vs. JACKSONVILLE
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Jacksonville
Houston is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Jacksonville's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Jacksonville's last 9 games at home

1:00 PM
NEW ORLEANS vs. CAROLINA
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 9 games when playing on the road against Carolina
New Orleans is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing on the road against Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Carolina's last 9 games when playing at home against New Orleans
Carolina is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against New Orleans

4:05 PM
DALLAS vs. SEATTLE
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Seattle
Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Seattle's last 7 games at home

4:05 PM
WASHINGTON vs. ST. LOUIS
Washington is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Washington's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing at home against Washington
St. Louis is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

4:15 PM
NY JETS vs. PITTSBURGH
NY Jets are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 16 of the NY Jets last 20 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing NY Jets
Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games when playing NY Jets

4:15 PM
TENNESSEE vs. SAN DIEGO
Tennessee is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against San Diego
Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
San Diego is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

8:20 PM
DETROIT vs. SAN FRANCISCO
Detroit is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Detroit's last 10 games on the road
San Francisco is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Francisco's last 5 games when playing Detroit


Monday, September 17

8:30 PM
DENVER vs. ATLANTA
Denver is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Denver is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Atlanta's last 8 games when playing Denver
Atlanta is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Denver


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09/13/2012 01:57 AM

NFL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Week 2

Thursday's Game
Bears (1-0) @ Packers (0-1)— Increased urgency for Pack after getting outrushed 186-45 in last week’s loss to 49ers; losing two home games to start season invites a disaster. Green Bay needs to run ball better than last week’s paltry 45 yards on 14 carries. Pack won last four games in NFL’s oldest rivalry (one of which was playoff game in Chicago), with wins by average score of 23-14; Chicago lost its last four visits to Lambeau by average score of 26-11. Cutler started out 1-12 last week but later led five TD drives and led NFL with nine plays of 20+ yards. Bears are 4-5 in last nine road openers, scoring 15 or less points in losses, 21+ in wins. Over last 20 years, Chicago is 7-6 against the spread as an underdog in road openers. Seven of their last eight road openers stayed under total. Short week!!!

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09/13/2012 01:58 AM

NFL

Week 2

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Tale of the tape: Bears at Packers
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Take a quick glance at the tale of the tape for Thursday night’s NFC North showdown between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers:

Offense

Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Chicago’s Week 1 victory over the Colts. Cutler has struggled against Green Bay since joining the Bears, tossing six TDs and 12 INTs in losing five of the last six meetings. New WR Brandon Marshall has quickly become Cutler’s favorite target after catching nine balls for 119 yards and a score in his Bears debut.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had a key interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. New running back Cedric Benson managed just 18 yards on nine carries and wideout Greg Jennings suffered a groin injury and is questionable.

Edge: Packers


Defense

Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) was pulled early for precautionary reasons last week, but is listed as probable for Thursday's game. Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is questionable after suffering a lower right leg injury, although head coach Lovie Smith seems optimistic about his chances of suiting up.

San Francisco racked up 186 yards on the ground against Green Bay in the season opener. The Packers only have four days to figure out how to stop another potent running attack in the form of Matt Forte and Michael Bush.

Edge: Bears


Special teams

Devin Hester has returned more kicks and punts for touchdowns than anyone else in NFL history. Hester had a relatively quiet season opener against the Colts, but has the ability to explode for big yardage every single time he’s given the opportunity.

Hester is the undisputed top return man in the league, but the Packers also boast a threat on special teams. Second-year returner Randall Cobb brought back a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s loss and is already one of the most accomplished special teams players in franchise history, despite only having 16 games under his belt.

Edge: Bears


Word on the street

"I think there is a big difference to what we are doing offensively…This is a totally different scheme, a mentality and direction that we are going offensively. So, there would be no advantage for (the Packers) watching tape from last year of what we did. It's totally different. I think they understand that."- Bears QB Jay Cutler on Chicago’s revamped offense.

“We're just getting started here…It's been a long training camp, and we're trying to figure out pieces and how we're going to run this defense going forward. I'm going to keep saying, we're going to be a good defense, trust me.” Packers CB Charles Woodson on his team's shaky defense in Week 1.


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09/13/2012 01:58 AM

NFL

Week 2

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Tale of the tape: Bears at Packers
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Take a quick glance at the tale of the tape for Thursday night’s NFC North showdown between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers:

Offense

Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Chicago’s Week 1 victory over the Colts. Cutler has struggled against Green Bay since joining the Bears, tossing six TDs and 12 INTs in losing five of the last six meetings. New WR Brandon Marshall has quickly become Cutler’s favorite target after catching nine balls for 119 yards and a score in his Bears debut.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, but he also had a key interception in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to San Francisco. New running back Cedric Benson managed just 18 yards on nine carries and wideout Greg Jennings suffered a groin injury and is questionable.

Edge: Packers


Defense

Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) was pulled early for precautionary reasons last week, but is listed as probable for Thursday's game. Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman is questionable after suffering a lower right leg injury, although head coach Lovie Smith seems optimistic about his chances of suiting up.

San Francisco racked up 186 yards on the ground against Green Bay in the season opener. The Packers only have four days to figure out how to stop another potent running attack in the form of Matt Forte and Michael Bush.

Edge: Bears


Special teams

Devin Hester has returned more kicks and punts for touchdowns than anyone else in NFL history. Hester had a relatively quiet season opener against the Colts, but has the ability to explode for big yardage every single time he’s given the opportunity.

Hester is the undisputed top return man in the league, but the Packers also boast a threat on special teams. Second-year returner Randall Cobb brought back a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in Sunday’s loss and is already one of the most accomplished special teams players in franchise history, despite only having 16 games under his belt.

Edge: Bears


Word on the street

"I think there is a big difference to what we are doing offensively…This is a totally different scheme, a mentality and direction that we are going offensively. So, there would be no advantage for (the Packers) watching tape from last year of what we did. It's totally different. I think they understand that."- Bears QB Jay Cutler on Chicago’s revamped offense.

“We're just getting started here…It's been a long training camp, and we're trying to figure out pieces and how we're going to run this defense going forward. I'm going to keep saying, we're going to be a good defense, trust me.” Packers CB Charles Woodson on his team's shaky defense in Week 1.


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09/13/2012 02:00 AM

NFL

Week 2

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Bears at Packers: What bettors need to know
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Chicago at Green Bay (-5.5, 51.5)

The Green Bay Packers don't have much time to recover from their season-opening loss as they host the NFC North-rival Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Green Bay, which went a franchise-best 15-1 last season before being upset by the New York Giants in its first playoff game, already has matched its loss total as it dropped a 30-22 decision at home to San Francisco on Sunday. The Packers' rebuilt defense looked eerily similar to last season's disappointing unit, while their "improved" ground attack saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers emerge as the team's leading rusher with 27 yards.

The loss was the first in a season opener since 2006 and ended the 13-game regular-season home winning streak of the Packers, who take on a Chicago team that rolled to a 41-21 home victory over Indianapolis in Andrew Luck's NFL debut. Chicago finished 8-8 last year, losing both meetings with Green Bay by a combined score of 62-38. The Bears have lost four consecutive matchups with the Packers and six of seven but lead the all-time series 92-86-6. Chicago has not won at Lambeau Field since Oct. 7, 2007, when it posted a 27-20 triumph.

TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL Network.

LINE: Packers -5.5, O/U 51.5.

WEATHER: Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the high-50s with a 50 percent of showers at Lambeau Field. Winds will be light out of the north.

ABOUT THE BEARS (1-0): The reunion of QB Jay Cutler and WR Brandon Marshall paid immediate dividends as the former Denver Broncos worked extremely well together in their first game as Chicago teammates. Marshall registered 119 yards on nine receptions, including a 3-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that put the Bears ahead for good. RB Matt Forte could wind up being a disgruntled player if the events that took place in the season opener continue. Forte gained 80 yards on 16 carries and scored on a 6-yard run but was replaced in several goal-line situations by newcomer Michael Bush, who had a pair of 1-yard TDs. Chicago made some roster moves the day after their victory, signing former Steelers OT Jonathan Scott and activating DT Nate Collins from the reserved/suspended list. The Bears also waived P Ryan Quigley.

ABOUT THE PACKERS (0-1): The Packers are hoping to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2006, Mike McCarthy's first season as head coach. Green Bay needs a better performance from RB Cedric Benson, who gained just 18 yards on nine carries in his debut with the Packers. Benson had three disappointing seasons with Chicago after being drafted fourth overall in 2005 but revived his career in Cincinnati, where he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark three times in four years. DE C.J. Wilson suffered a groin injury early in Sunday's loss. Wilson's attempt to return later in the first quarter was unsuccessful. WR Randall Cobb made it two straight season openers with a return TD, although Sunday's 75-yard punt-return score was a gift as the replacement officials initially penalized Terrell Manning for blocking from behind before picking up the flag. Cobb returned a kickoff an NFL record-tying 108 yards for a TD against New Orleans in the 2011 opener.

TRENDS:

*Under is 8-1 in the last nine meetings.
*Packers are 9-0 ATS in their last nine games following an ATS loss.
*Over is 6-0 in Bears’ last six games following an ATS win.
*Over is 5-0 in Packers’ last five games following a straight-up loss.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Chicago's point total in the season opener was its highest since scoring 48 in a victory on Oct. 4, 2009, over Detroit.

2. Packers LB Clay Matthews, whose sack total dropped from 13.5 in 2010 to a mere six last year, recorded 2.5 in Sunday's loss.

3. The Bears could be without Pro Bowl CB Charles Tillman, who left Sunday's game in the first quarter with a lower leg injury.


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