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Packers-Bears: Three Keys

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Special Teams No surprise here.  Devin Hester is an impact player with the ball and if the Packers kick away from him that should translate into good field position for Chicago anyway.  Unless of course Tim Masthay equals his Week 17 performance when he put four punts inside the 20.  If the Packers at the very least hold their own on special teams they can neutralize Hester.

Mismatches Chicago's Greg Olsen recorded only three receptions last week against Seattle but he ended with 113 yards.  Olsen scored once and the other two catches led to touchdowns.  The Packers cannot let Olsen do the same amount of damage.  Offensively, with the way Rodgers has been throwing the Packers will try to get a mismatch in the secondary so look for James Jones and Jordy Nelson to be a part of the game plan.

Arms Race The Packers need to take away Chicago's running game and put it on Jay Cutler to direct the offense.  If the Packers don't give away too much in field position will Cutler be able to muster up enough offense?  We know that Aaron Rodgers is nearly unstoppable when given time to throw so if it comes down to Rodgers vs. Cutler the Packers will win.

Prediction Packers 27, Bears 23

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