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GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - With two words, Jay Cutler dismissed the notion that the Green Bay Packers would be able to disrupt the Chicago Bears‘ new-look wide receiver corps with physical play: Good luck.
“Our speed guys are going to get around them and our big guys are going to throw and go,” Cutler said. “We invite press coverage. We invite man. And if we get in that type of game, our guys outside have to make some plays for us.”
And if the Bears (1-0) somehow find a way to outscore Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (0-1) at Lambeau Field on Thursday night, the result will be something that seemed unlikely going into the season: The Bears could send the NFC North heavyweights to an unlikely 0-2 start at home.
Four days after their defense got pushed around in a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers must find a way to stop a Bears offense that put up 41 points on Indianapolis in a Week 1 victory.
“They definitely have better personnel, especially on the perimeter,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. “Jay has confidence in those guys and is definitely going to give those guys a chance to go get the ball.”
Marshall had a big game the last time he faced the Packers, catching 10 passes for 127 yards with the Miami Dolphins in 2010. He welcomes the physical brand of coverage the Packers have used to neutralize Bears receivers in the past.
“It’s all about matchups,” Marshall said. “I’m 6-5, 230. There aren’t too many DBs walking around that big. If they want to get physical, I do welcome that. But again, you look at Williams and (Sam) Shields over there and even (Charles) Woodson when he’s down there, they like to mix it up a lot. They give you different looks and that’s what gives them big-play potential.”
Besides changes on offense, which also included drafting another big wide receiver in Alshon Jeffery and signing free agent running back Michael Bush to team with Matt Forte _ the Bears also have a new look led by Mike Tice.
“I think there is a big difference to what we are doing offensively,” Cutler said. “This is a totally different scheme, a mentality and direction that we are going offensively. So, there would be no advantage for (the Packers) watching tape from last year of what we did. It’s totally different. I think they understand that.”
One thing the Bears didn’t appear to fix in the offseason was their offensive line.
Cutler was sacked 23 times in 10 games last season before breaking his right thumb. He was sacked twice in Sunday’s victory over Indianapolis _ and the Colts played most of the game without Dwight Freeney, who left with a sprained left ankle.
While the Packers‘ defense got pushed around by the 49ers, it did manage to sack Alex Smith four times. That’s an indication that they might have fixed one of last year’s biggest defensive deficiencies.
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