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The Bears Den: September 12, 2012 - Week 2 News and Notes

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Jay Cutler just can’t seem to win - The best QB in modern Bears history should be King in Chicago. But even after a stellar performance against the Colts, a light-hearted but direct admonition that Bears fans ‘‘tone it down’’ in the red zone was too arrogant and condescending for some.

Cutler dares Packers to get physical with WRs - Green Bay is the same it was last season on both sides of the ball; Chicago, on the other hand, is a much different offensive team.

USAToday team report - Another update? It was one a week in the offseason.

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New high-powered Bears offense

Green Bay, meet the new Bears offense - Adam Hoge: Cutler expected the Colts to double-team Marshall a lot Sunday. They didn’t. And they paid for it.

Cutler to Packers defense: 'Good luck' - Moon Mullin: Cutler is well aware that the Packers like to run press coverage against Bears' WRs. But with Marshall and Jeffery now on board, Cutler feels confident in his group.

Cutler eager to unleash offense vs. Packers - Vaughn McClure: Cutler has a career passer rating of 67.5 against the Packers with, 11 interceptions in six games. But he has a much different offense now.

Bears WRs finally can stand up to Packers secondary - Brad Biggs: In a 37-3 whipping in 2008, the Bears completed four passes to WRs, a testament to their struggles when you consider how out of hand the score was.

Bears bringing revamped offense to Green Bay - Larry Mayer: If the Packers are studying tape of last year's Bears offense in preparation for Thursday night's NFC North clash in Green Bay, Jay Cutler thinks they're wasting their time.

Cutler urges Packers DBs to make his day - Does he have seven in for pass protection, or only six?

Nine catches adds up just fine for Marshall - Jeff Dickerson: 15 targets every single week is unlikely, but the QB does feel nine catches per game is a realistic goal for the #1 WR.

Cutler and Marshall excel in chemistry, not math - Rick Telander: At 9 catches a game, Marshall would break Marvin Harrison's single-season record for receptions.

Previewing Bears-Packers

[Video] Briggs, Thayer explain the Bears-Packer rivalry - George Halas was lactose intolerant.

[Video] NFL Live - Eric Mangini and Tedy Bruschi examine the surprise look of the Bears offense and how the Packers D will (try to) deal with it.

Four Downs: Bears more potent than Pack? - The panel offer their views on Packers-Bears.

Tale of the Tape - How do the Bears and Packers match up at QB, offense, defense, and special teams?

[Video] ESPNChicago preview: Bears-Packers - Going over the storylines for Thursday's Bears-Packers game, one that could leave the Bears 2-0. Bonus: annoying rawk music.

[Video] Jurko & Waddle preview Packers - Bears - Protecting Cutler key to the game.

[Video] Hot Button: Bears or Packers? - Silvy gives his prediction on the Bears-Packers matchup this Thursday night.

Packers' Rodgers set for familiar foe - Fred Mitchell: Rodgers foresees a traditionally tough, competitive NFC North battle Thursday night.

Short week, matchup with Packers gives Bears edge for 'prep' - Moon Mullin: Major changes to Bears' roster and minimal changes to Packers' makes Bears' preparation much easier.

Bears believed in blasting Benson – now it's his turn again - Moon Mullin: Only one NFCN RB is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons and it isn’t Matt Forte or Adrian Peterson.

Mature Benson plans to ignite ground game - Sean Jensen: Determined to avoid an 0-2 start, the Packers want to improve their run offense Thursday night, and they’re counting on a familiar face.

Aaron Rodgers explains challenge of Bears defense - Sean Jensen: Rodgers has a 6-2 record against the Bears but his numbers aren’t as great, relative to his performance against other clubs in the division or beyond.

Know thy enemy - Kevin Seifert: Over the last four games the Packers' downfield passing offense has plummeted to the absolute bottom of the NFL's rankings, and the Bears D limits him better than anyone else.

Aaron Rodgers figuring out Bears’ defense - Joe Cowley: Before last season, the Packers QB's wins against the Bears came with some serious work. Least year he had eight TDs and one interception in a two-game sweep. Not a good trend for the Bears.

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus: Cobb used in short passing game as replacement for rushing attack; Nick Perry was poor all-around in first NFL game at a new position; B.J. Raji was poor all-around in 47th NFL game at same position.

Injury reports

[Video] Urlacher tests knee in season opener - #54 joins Lou Canellis to talk knee, Colts, Packers, opening day at Soldier Field.

Tillman, Urlacher sit out practice, not necessarily game - Moon Mullin: Tuesday was the only full practice the Bears had this week and both Tillman and Brian sat out.

Bears-Packers I: Tuesday practice report - Kevin Seifert with injury news from both camps.

Packers' Greg Jennings held out of practice - Still troubled by groin injury, could be especially troubling in a short week.

Urlacher, Tillman not practicing - Brad Biggs: Expectations are that both will play Thursday night at Green Bay.

Urlacher sits out practice, according to plan - Fred Mitchell: Lovie Smith says he should be good to go against Packers.

Other Bears news

Bowen: No CB can consistently cover Marshall - It may be weird for some Bears fans to see such a dominant force line up at WR.

Bears no longer using 'defensive linemen' - Moon Mullin: The Bears will no longer be using "defensive linemen." Instead, Rod Marinelli will refer to his linemen as "rushmen."

Bears are closing the talent gap - Mike Mulligan: Ought to emulate the 49ers and try to win by becoming a complete team.

[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Matt Bowen breaks down the play call and route run that led to Alshon Jeffery's 41-yard touchdown reception in the Bears' 41-21 win over the Colts.

Toub: Tillman is Bears' best in special teams role - Plus, team news and injury reports.

Ask Moon - Moon Mullin answers readers' Q&A, including one asking if Cutler will be pulled out of games in which the Bears have a big lead.

Idiot Bears fans don't get it - Rosendoom gets especially Rosenangry with one fan who said that Cutler “waved to the crowd to make noise.’’ [Video] Discusses Packers' issues. Still makes me want to slap him.

Be careful what you project from Bears win over Colts - Hub Arkush: It was a great tune up for Thursday night. It’s just not a great predictor of what’s gong to happen when they get in against other good NFL teams.

Bears emergency long snapper: Matt Spaeth - Brad Biggs: Toub gave backup long snapper Matt Spaeth a full period snapping in place of veteran Pat Mannelly.

Everything else

ProFootballFocus' Analysis Notebook - Three disastrous throws by experienced QBs on opening weekend: Vick, Stafford, Cutler.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Bowen breaks down the 'Counter OF' that the 49ers' Frank Gore used to score against the Packers. You can bet the Bears have been studying it, too.

Dan Pompei's NFL power rankings - For what it's worth, Bears move up one spot. Up three in Pete Prisco's.

Pete Prisco's week 2 picks - "Weird to say, but this is almost a must-win for (the Packers)."

ProFootballFocus: Race for Rookie of the Year - Evan Rodriguez gets some love, Chandler Jones will reignite the debate about taking Shea McClellin, but Alshon Jeffrey doesn't get a mention.

Defenses get creative in trying to slow NFL's offensive takeover - We witnessed a record number of points in Week 1. Can the offensive revolution be slowed?

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus: Lions' OL, DL both played well, team will live and die through aerial attack.

Know thy enemy - ProFootballFocus: Vikings' Jared Allen struggled to have any impact in week 1, while fellow DE Brian Robison stepped up in a big way.

NFL teams learn not to sell long snappers short - @: "The Raiders new long snapper is apparently Donovan McNabb"

[Video] Stuff Chicago Bears Fans Say - Guest appearance by Anthony Adams!

Ain't no angel gonna greet me... it's just you and I, my friend.