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Packers-Bears: Three Keys

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Run Game Against Indianapolis Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 122 yards on 28 carries and there's no reason to think Chicago won't try to run the ball that much again this week.  The Packers run defense was an issue in preseason and it certainly didn't look good against San Francisco.

Heating Up Early It took the Packers three quarters to heat up offensively versus San Francisco.  The only drive in which the Packers had any rhythm was the touchdown drive in the second quarter.  Look for the Packers to come out swinging early and force Chicago into a track meet.

Pass Rush While the Bears are deeper at running back and finally have legitimate weapons at wide receiver they won't go anywhere unless the offensive line can protect Jay Cutler.  The Colts got an early sack on Cutler it seemed to rattle him  The Packers pass rush has improved but will need to be consistent.  Unlike Alex Smith, Cutler can be forced into mistakes.

Prediction Packers 31, Bears 24

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