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Packers-Bears: First Half Thoughts

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This is not the Packers were used to seeing.  Cedric Benson carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards.  Not typical first half numbers from a high-flying offense.  Perhaps it is the absence of Greg Jennings, the weak pass protection or something else.  Yet despite the offense looking off track the Packers have 13 points on the board.

 

And how about special teams?  Mason Crosby got enough of Devin Hester on a kick return to prevent a long return and then the fake field goal for a touchdown.  There are several ways to score in this game.

 

As expected, the Packers defensive line is getting to Jay Cutler and a consistent pass rush does a number of things.  First, it dictates what the Bears can do if they face second or third and long.  Second, with little time to throw Cutler couldn't get Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in the game.  Third, it has taken away the explosive plays.

 

Getting in Cutler's face is key because he will make mistakes.  Cutler got a little wild at the end of the half and that allowed Tramon Williams to make an interception, setting up Crosby's second field goal.  If the Packers win the turnover battle in the second half they will win the game.

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