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Packers-Bears: Three Keys

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Focus on Forte Matt Forte can beat you by both running the ball and by catching it.  In an ideal situation the Mike Martz offense will have a dangerous Marshall Faulk-type weapon who can be a damaging threat in space.  To be sure Forte is no Faulk but the Packers will be wise to follow Forte's every move.

Tight End Mismatches This is true for both teams.  Greg Olsen caught only one pass last week but it was for a 39 yard touchdown and the week before he caught four passes.  Olsen cannot be ignored in Chicago's passing scheme, especially with the early lack of reliable wide receivers.  Last week the Packers got the ball to Jermichael Finley four times to match his production in Week One.  However against Buffalo each of Finley's catches set up scores for the Packers.  Look for red zone mismatches as well as the deep threat each guy brings.

Pressure From Peppers Against an aggressive Philadelphia defense the Packers struggled in the first half to protect Aaron Rodgers, leading to an uneven 30 minutes.  The Packers were able to get away with it but in what should be the usually tightly-played Bears game the Packers must contain defensive end Julius Peppers.  The Packers cannot have an off quarter like last week.

Prediction Packers 16, Bears 13

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