|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||0-3||20.0||10.0||346.7||(6)||1.3||24.0||19.7||378.3||(5.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||24.8||12.7||20.7||30:05||27-107||(4)||23-34||66.8%||239||(7)||61-346||(5.7)||(13.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.2||11||19.8||30:17||27-119||(4.4)||21-35||61.1%||228||(6.5)||62-347||(5.6)||(15.7)|
|Offense Road Games||24.2||11.5||20.3||29:44||26-101||(3.9)||22-33||67.5%||246||(7.4)||59-347||(5.9)||(14.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||21.5||11.1||20.1||29:55||26-117||(4.5)||21-38||55.6%||235||(6.3)||63-352||(5.5)||(16.4)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.9||11.3||20.3||31:53||27-118||(4.3)||22-36||60.3%||234||(6.5)||63-352||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||24.3||11.2||21.0||30:16||27-117||(4.3)||19-36||53.9%||238||(6.6)||63-355||(5.6)||(14.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.4||1.0||0.5||13-6||43.6%||1-0||28.6%||3-73||(25)||2-20||(9.8)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2||13-5||37.3%||1-0||50.4%||3-69||(24.6)||21-2||(9.4)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.5||0.2||0.7||0.8||14-6||43.9%||0-0||0.0%||3-78||(24.5)||2-15||(6.8)||7-71|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.4||1.5|| ||14-6||40.1%||1-1||42.1%||3-60||(23)||1-7||(4.7)||8-64|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||37.6%||1-0||50.6%||3-61||(22.9)||20-2||(8.8)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.2||0.3||1.5|| ||13-5||38.3%||2-1||40.0%||2-54||(21.7)||1-6||(4.6)||8-65|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-1.6||1-2||1-2||19.7||13.0||364.0||(5.5)||1.3||18.0||9.0||321.7||(5.2)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||23.7||10.5||18.9||32:20||29-122||(4.2)||19-31||60.2%||191||(6.1)||60-314||(5.2)||(13.2)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11||20.2||31:41||27-115||(4.2)||22-35||62.1%||228||(6.5)||62-344||(5.5)||(15.2)|
|Offense Home Games||21.6||12.3||19.4||32:22||30-118||(3.9)||19-31||61.1%||183||(5.9)||61-302||(4.9)||(14)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.8||8.8||17.8||28:15||24-109||(4.5)||21-36||59.1%||205||(5.7)||60-314||(5.2)||(18.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.3||10.8||20||30:23||27-122||(4.4)||21-34||61.6%||228||(6.6)||62-350||(5.7)||(15.7)|
|Defense Home Games||14.6||7.6||18.4||28:42||25-108||(4.4)||21-39||54.6%||207||(5.3)||63-315||(5)||(21.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.2||0.5||1.7||1.0||14-6||40.1%||1-0||41.7%||3-57||(18.5)||3-21||(8.2)||7-52|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.4||1.7||13-5||38.6%||1-0||49.0%||3-61||(24.1)||21-2||(9.2)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.9||0.7||1.6||1.1||14-5||36.8%||1-0||40.0%||3-56||(16.4)||2-17||(9)||6-47|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.6||1.1||2.7|| ||13-5||35.1%||1-1||58.3%||2-49||(20.5)||1-6||(3.9)||5-42|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||38.6%||1-0||52.6%||3-60||(23.2)||20-2||(9.2)||7-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.6||1.1||2.7|| ||14-5||36.0%||1-1||55.6%||2-39||(21.1)||2-6||(3.1)||4-37|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 20.8, CHICAGO 19.8|
|10/21/2012||@ ST LOUIS||30-20||W||-4||W||45||O||26-70||30-37-332||0||22-108||21-34-246||1|
|11/25/2012||@ NY GIANTS||10-38||L||3||L||50||U||26-116||15-27-201||2||31-147||16-30-243||0|
|12/16/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/19/2012||@ SAN FRANCISCO||7-32||L||3.5||L||34||O||28-85||14-22-58||2||29-123||16-23-232||0|
|12/16/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make. |
|CHICAGO: New offensive coordinator Mike Tice coached the offensive line for the past two years, so there will be few changes to the running game. They figure to skew as run-heavy as they did under Mike Martz last year (46.6 percent rush percentage, seventh-highest in the NFL). Tice's scheme involves a lot of stuff outside the tackles, then a healthy mix of inside zone plays. Assuming he's signed, Matt Forte figures to have only a slightly lesser workload than a year ago, when he played about 70 percent of the reps. Michael Bush should take closer to 35-40 percent of reps, and he could end up stealing short-yardage duties as well. The Bears often struggled to get a push in a short field last year, so it's no guarantee they'll stay run-heavy in the red zone. The Bears' passing game will look different. They brought in Jeremy Bates, who was close with Jay Cutler in Denver, as quarterbacks coach. Rather than the anticipatory throws required in Martz's offense, Cutler will be hitting big receivers facing him. Brandon Marshall is reunited with Cutler and should see a heavy majority of passes. Rookie Alshon Jeffery is expected to start and, despite his questionable long speed, will probably be asked to stretch the field a bit more. They'll go three-wide with Earl Bennett playing the slot often. The tight ends will be used more than they were in Martz's offense, especially Kellen Davis. The star of the defense is Julius Peppers, who still dominated in all facets in 2011 despite playing through a knee injury. He sees a lot of double teams playing on an otherwise mediocre defensive line whose only other notable player is Israel Idonije. After years as a backup, Idonije worked hard to become a starter in 2010 and has had two strong seasons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but he's also coming off a major knee sprain that could linger at least into training camp. Lance Briggs looked half a step slow last year, failing to record double-digit total tackles in a game even once after Week 3. Charles Tillman is outstanding in run support, not so much in coverage, where he's undersized and was targeted an NFL-high 117 times last year. He's involved in as many plays as anyone on this defense. Special teams is where Chicago continues to excel, largely because of the reliable right leg of kicker Robbie Gould and superstar Devin Hester, the best return man in NFL history. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (GREEN BAY-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Packers-Bears Preview* =======================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
A two-month run of success has the Green Bay Packers in position to claim their second straight NFC North title.
That scenario still seemed unlikely until recently, as the now-reeling Chicago Bears spent most of the season controlling the division.
The surging Packers look to clinch the North with a sixth consecutive victory over the archrival Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Until last week, Chicago (8-5) held either sole possession or a share of the North lead. After Week 5, the Bears were 4-1 while Green Bay was 2-3.
The Packers, though, have won seven of eight while the Bears have dropped four of five since their outstanding first half. Green Bay took the outright division lead with a 27-20 win over Detroit and Chicago's 21-14 loss at Minnesota last weekend.
The Packers, winners of two straight at Soldier Field, have outscored the Bears 116-65 in the last five meetings. Green Bay last won consecutive division championships during a three-year run from 2002-04.
"The division is the first goal," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "We can wrap things up (Sunday). It's a tough opponent, a tough place to play, a lot on the line."
The Bears hope facing their biggest rival will provide them with enough of a spark to avoid a third straight loss and strengthen their postseason chances. Chicago holds the conference's final wild-card spot, but Washington, Dallas and Minnesota are one game back.
"If you need a game coming up to really motivate you to play your best football, it should be your rival with Green Bay coming in," coach Lovie Smith told the Bears' official website.
With a roster ravaged by injuries, Smith knows the challenge that awaits against a Packers team that has found ways to win despite trailing in five of its last seven victories.
Green Bay has been able to do so thanks in large part to outstanding fourth-quarter defense. The Packers, who fell behind 14-0 to the Lions on Sunday, have given up 21.0 points per game over the last eight but yielded three total field goals in the fourth quarter of the past six.
Aaron Rodgers has averaged a modest 228.5 yards while throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions in the last four games, but his 27-yard TD run gave the Packers their first lead Sunday.
"I don't get caught up in statistics," McCarthy said. "We've got nine wins. That's the only statistic I worry about."
Green Bay has succeeded while playing without defensive back Charles Woodson for the last six games and star linebacker Clay Matthews the last four. While Woodson has been ruled out along with wide receiver Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and defensive end C.J. Wilson (knee), Matthews is expected to return after recovering from a nagging hamstring problem.
"I thought he looked good all week," McCarthy said of Matthews. "I look for Clay to play and make an impact in the game."
Injuries at running back also have plagued Green Bay, but Alex Green has rushed for 127 yards on 25 carries in the last two games. Former practice squad member DuJuan Harris recorded 31 yards and a TD on seven rushes versus Detroit.
Chicago hasn't been nearly as effective in overcoming its health issues. With linebacker Brian Urlacher out for the regular season, the Bears lost kicker Robbie Gould this week to a season-ending calf injury. Veteran Olindo Mare will take his place.
Cornerback Tim Jennings, who leads the NFL with eight interceptions, has been ruled out for the second straight week along with receiver Earl Bennett. Chicago also has lost key special-teams contributors Craig Steltz and Sherrick McManis for the season.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is expected to play after suffering a neck injury last week.
Despite the mounting injuries and current slide, the Bears remain optimistic even though they might need to win their final three games to make the playoffs.
"The confidence is not wavering," defensive end Julius Peppers said. "We're fully confident that we can do that."
The offense will likely need to improve for Chicago to have a chance to win out. The Bears have totaled 72 points in five games since a 51-20 victory over Tennessee on Nov. 4.
Also, a once-opportunistic defense that scored seven touchdowns in the first eight games has none in the last five. Chicago allowed an average 71.0 rushing yards in the first six games and 141.0 in the last seven.
"The pressure we're feeling right now is on our performances," Smith said. "Improving, it's on us."
Cutler has thrown four TDs and five INTs in his last four games. He has seven touchdowns and 16 interceptions while posting a 53.1 passer rating in going 1-6 against the Packers as a Bear.
Cutler threw four picks in a 23-10 loss to Green Bay on Sept. 13.
Brandon Marshall leads the NFL with 101 receptions and is second with 1,342 yards, but was held to two for 24 in the loss at Lambeau Field.
Rodgers has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions in his last three games versus Chicago.
|Last Updated: 3/17/2018 5:30:18 PM EST|