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The Bears Den: September 13, 2012 - Week 2 News and Notes

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"...where we plan to reclaim Soldier Field North tonight."

Jay Cutler's swagger sincere now, even against the Packers - Jon Greenberg: I can't remember hearing Cutler this carefree and confident, mostly because he knew deep down how flawed were the past three Bears offenses.

2012 Bears: The Greatest Show On Sod - Lester A. Wiltfong, Jr: Bears fans are finally being treated to an explosive offense, and Mike Tice built it specifically around the skill set of Jay Cutler. So is this Bears O the Greatest Show On Sod? Time will tell, but it’s a heck of a start.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - How have Bears fared with short week? Is there a backup for all that is awesome manliness? Why do Bears play starters on STs?

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Bears-Packers preview

Bears gearing up to battle Rodgers - Larry Mayer: Four days after beating a QB who may someday be the best in the NFL, the Bears will face a passer who has played the position better than anyone in league history, at least statistically.

[Video] Preview: Bears vs. Packers - NFL Films previews the Week 2 matchup between the Bears and the Packers.

Know thy enemy - Dan Durkin previews the Packers.

Bears passing can put Packers on the defensive - Dan Pompei: With their improvement in the passing game coupled with the Packers' troubles in the secondary, Bears finally may pass their rival.

Bears’ revamped offense makes Packers’ prep difficult - Sean Jensen: No team exposed the Bears’ offensive deficiencies more in recent seasons than the Packers. But an offseason, offensive makeover has changed all that, or so the Bears hope.

With this offense, Bears can play from ahead vs. Packers - Mark Potash: The Bears have spent years trying to outfox and confuse Rodgers. But their best chance to beat him is to apply pressure the new-fangled way: by making him chase them.

Bears OL now needs to be consistent - Vaughn McClure: As much progress as the line showed against the Colts, skepticism and criticism will follow if the front five falters at Lambeau Field Thursday night.

[Video] NFL Live - Herm Edwards & Mark Schlereth preview Bears-Packers. Packers' D is built to play with a lead. Not even Herm can make the pinstripe look good.

Bears-Packers preview - Mark Potash on what to expect from both teams, on the ground and through the air.

Execution, not schemes will be key - Kip Lewis: The Packers may not have played against this version of the Bears' offense, the Bears still need to execute or the Packers will be ready with general schemes.

Bears-Packers comes down to turnovers - Moon Mullin: Jay Cutler's play Thursday night in Green Bay may be the most indicative of a Bears' win or loss. If he and the rest of the offense can protect the ball, the Bears stand a good chance for victory.

Bears have a chance to put the Packers 0-2 to start the season - Mike Florio joins Mully & Hanley to talk Bears-Packers, wonder why Angelo didn't address issues that took Emery just one offseason. Thanks, Jerry.

Matt Bowen: Scouting the Bears - Urlacher critical in covering inside receiver in effort to thwart the double post.

Know thy enemy - Jeff Dickerson: Randall Cobb presents special problem for The Toub.

Packers TE Jermichael Finley a real pain split wide - Joe Cowley: In discussing the film from 2011 with Rod Marinelli, it’s the Week 3 loss that showed just how the Packers have found success in attacking the Bears’ cover-2 lately, using TE Jermichael Finley as their executioner.

Packers' Jennings listed as doubtful for Thursday - One of Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets, Greg Jennings, may be a victim of the Packers' short week, and it may help the Bears out. Tillman "questionable", Urlacher "probable".

[Video] Matt Bowen's playbook - Defending the Packers' slants in the red zone.

Bears scouting report - Cedric Benson has fumbled 12 times over the last two seasons, which is a big reason why he is a former Bengal.

Bears look to put Packers in deep 0-2 hole - A Week 2 win by Chicago could mean much more than just one game to the oldest rivalry in the NFL.

Bears will score on GB, just not enough - Moon Mullin: The Packers rarely lose two straight in Lambeau Field anytime, let alone to open a season.

[Videos] Packers feeling urgency? - Can the Packers afford to fall two games behind the Bears in the NFC North? "For the first time in a long time, the Bears think they can beat the Packers."

Know thy enemy - Maggie Hendricks with what you need to know about the Packers.


[Video] What to watch for - Laurence Holmes previews the game.

Jeff Joniak's keys to the game -In a two-year stretch, Rodgers has never trailed in the fourth quarter of 19-straight wins. The Packers are not used to it, and the Bears hope to keep it that way.

The grudge report: Benson drops the ball again - Rosendoom takes aim at Cedric Benson.

[Video] - David Haugh previews Bears-Packers.

Five Questions on tonight's Bears-Packers tilt - Maggie Hendricks's five things to look out for.

ProFootballFocus' 3 things to watch out for - the Bears' passing attack vs the Packers' secondary, Bears' LBs covering the middle of the field, the Bears' run blocking vs the Packers' DL.

[Video] Madden '13 Week 2 sims - Predicts a narrow victory for the Pack.

Bears heading to Green Bay in attack mode - Larry Mayer: Jay Cutler is more interested in leading his team into the end zone than playing keep away from his Green Bay counterpart.

Injury “matchups” threaten Bears vs. Packers scheme - Moon Mullin wary of injury issues surrounding Urlacher and Tillman for tonight's game.

Tom Thayer: Bears must stop Matthews - Former Bear: “When I watched Green Bay throughout the preseason and even last year, they have one bona fide pass-rusher.”

Marshall, Bears offer new challenge to Packers - Marshall had a big game the last time he faced the Packers, catching 10 passes for 127 yards with the Dolphins in 2010.

[Video] Eye on the opponent - Tom Thayer takes a look at Aaron Rodgers's style of play.

From the other bench: Packers look to shut down Marshall - By whining about him to referees, apparently.

Major Wright: Packers TE Finley 'the best' - Wright and Steltz have firsthand experience of just how good he is.

Four Keys to Bears-Packers -'s Bucky Brooks looks at what teams must do.

Other Bears news

Blind-side fits: Five LTs who could make or break your season - Clark Judge: In his first run as Chicago's OC, Tice put up yards, points and a victory, but making Webb an asset might have been his greatest accomplishment.

Tice satisfied that Webb has seen enough elite edge rushers - Moon Mullin: Question of whether Webb is a LT up to handling the game’s best pass rushers gets an "incomplete," whether the Bears like it or not.

Patient Earl Bennett admires rookie Jeffery - Jeff Dickerson: Earl Bennett isn't worried about targets, knows he will get plenty of chances to make plays throughout the year.

Florio, PFT Live wonder: Do Bears have too many weapons? - Moon Mullin: Losing doesn’t build character; it reveals it. How Forte reacts to sharing the load with Bush, or Marshall is with Alshon Jeffery rising, monitor that after losses. Best guess: won’t be an issue on a Lovie Smith team.

Matt Forte and the goal line - Kevin Seifert: Since Forte's career began in 2008, he has gotten more goal-to-go opportunities than all but three NFL RBs. His nine career TDs over that stretch is the fewest among all backs with at least 50 such carries, as is his ratio of one TD for every 9.6 goal-to-go carries.

Dan Pompei's Bears mailbag - Fielding questions on Urlacher's replacement, and more.

Brad Biggs' Four downs - The Bears at Lambeau, what Marshall brings, the challenge facing the OL, and the impact of the short week.

Three Bears - Brad Biggs: For all the high praise given to Kellen Davis you have to question if the Bears are going to get a proper return on the $6.5 million, two-year contract.

Cutler, Marshall have Bears fans giddy - Rick Morrissey: Cutler’s sway over the fans has to do with the fact that he’s a real, live quarterback. His "good-luck’’ bravado about the Packers’ man-to-man coverage is a breath of fresh air.

Jay Cutler could be elite - It's FF, but there's still some analysis and game news to check out. His hair is already elite.

[Video] Fox Chicago Bear Down - Lou Canellis & Hub Arkush look back on week 1 in a weekly podcast. I have this paused as I work on the Den but the video keeps starting on me, like in "The Ring". If nobody hears from me in a week's time, it's because one of them has crawled through my monitor...

ProFootballFocus: 32 Teams, 32 Observations - Week 1: All six players who had a reception for the Bears averaged 13 or more yards per catch.

Everything else

Bears game-worn jerseys in short supply - Fans might not be able to get Bears game-worn jerseys this season because deal with indicted distributor ended.

Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down Manning on the 'All-22' film vs. Steelers.

Who are the NFL's Cream of the Crop and Bottom of the Barrel? - Lester and Dave Gilbert update their power rankings for the best and the worst teams in the NFL going into week 2.

Weekly picks from USAToday (5-1 Packers-Bears), the Chicago Tribune (1-8), CBSChicago (7-5).

[Video] Marv Levy on CTL - HOF coach Marv Levy joins the CTL crew to talk about the state of the NFL today.

Every day here you come walking / I hold my tongue, I don't do much talkin'.