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The Season Starts Here



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    Advantage | Cutler
    Cutler is leading the league in passer rating, but he's still considered a "surprise." Rodgers is supposed to be a Super Bowl quarterback and he's got all the pressure.

    The Green Bay Packers invade Chicago on Monday night, with the Bears coming in as slight, three-point underdog. What do you need to know about the game? Read on:

    Third down or bust: Though the Bears beat the Cowboys, the team still has plenty of issues -- namely, third down conversions. The team went 1 for 11 on that down. The Bears need to fix this immediately, or this hot start will die out.

    Sack attack: Clay Matthews leads the league in sacks with six and he's coming after Jay Cutler. The Bears anemic O-line, which now features Frank Omiyale at left tackle, needs to do everything it can to keep Matthews contained, their QB upright, and limit the yards that Cutler gives up when he does go down.

    Up in the air: Don't expect the classic Bears/Packers match-up, where the majority of yards traditionally came on the ground. With Cutler and Aaron Rodgers leading the offense, two of the NFL's hottest quarterbacks will be on the field. Expect both of them to air out the ball often.

    Hampton Previews the Rodgers-Cutler Showdown

    [CHI] Hampton Previews the Rodgers-Cutler Showdown
    Cutler is better than some people thought. Will Rodgers live up to his billing?
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010)

    Paging Dr. Peppers: Last week, Julius Peppers was well-contained by the Dallas offensive line. That won't happen again. With the Packer's offensive line either injured or inexperienced, Peppers should add to his sack total.