Jclombardi highlights Packers vs Bears previews & headlines.
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Preview: When: 7:30 p.m. Monday. Where: Soldier Field. TV: Channel 12, ESPN. Radio: AM-620. Tickets: Sold out. Line: Packers by 3. Weather: 57, partly cloudy. Series: Bears lead, 90-82-6. Coaches: Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (41-28) vs. Chicago’s Lovie Smith (56-46). NEW UNIFORM: This will be DE Julius Peppers’ sixth game against the Packers; the previous five were as a member of the Carolina Panthers. LT Chad Clifton has been on the field in all five of the games, and RT Mark Tauscher has been at his station in four. In all, Peppers has 27 tackles and three sacks. YOUNG VS. OLD: Clay Matthews probably will spend most of the game over RT Kevin Shaffer. Frank Omiyale, who started at RT in the first two games, moved to the left side in Dallas when Chris Williams pulled a hamstring. “Shaffer can get killed by Matthews,” one scout said. FEATURED BACK: Matt Forte will make his fifth start against the Packers. Forte has rushed 76 times for 243 yards, a 3.2-yard average and one touchdown. He also has caught 12 passes for 85 yards, a 7.1 average and no scores. VETERAN CORNER: CB Charles Tillman, 29, will be starting his 14th game against the Packers. Added one personnel man: “He can’t really run anymore. He fell down on some double moves in Dallas.” NOTHING YET: In two games, Cutler’s rating is at 121.1 after a sterling showing in Dallas. “I thought he looked very composed,” one scout said after watching the Cowboys-Bears tape. “They move the pocket. I’m expecting them to run some more move the pocket against Green Bay.”
ESPN: Monday Matchup Madness
Packers football–Monday’s game will be a chess match between experts: Capers vs. Martz is a subplot Monday night when the Green Bay Packers (2-0) travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears (2-0). Capers is in his second year as the defensive coordinator for the Packers, while Martz is in his first season as the offensive coordinator for the Bears. Monday night will be the first legitimate chess match between two coaches who have proven themselves as experts on opposite sides of the ball. It’s Capers’ system vs. Martz’s, a game within the game between two bitter rivals.
Matthews striving to rewrite standards of linebacker position: Someday Clay Matthews would like to be recognized as one of the NFL players who redefined his position. Like Ted Hendricks, Anthony Munoz, Jerry Rice and Lawrence Taylor before him – just to name a few – the Green Bay Packers linebacker’s talents don’t fit neatly into a box. If he continues to play like he has through 19 professional games, people might starting saying he’s a one-of-a-kind.
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