GREEN BAY, Wis. – Four things to watch tonight.
1st Down – The Packers are saying receiver Greg Jennings and his injured groin were 50/50, despite the fact that Jennings was listed as doubtful. Talk around Lambeau, however, is unless someone has Mr. Miyagi-like healing powers, Jennings will be out for tonight’s game. That’s a big weapon missing from the Pack passing attack, especially over the top, meaning even more attention can be paid to Jordy Nelson and especially tight end Jermichael Finley. But the player to watch will be receiver Randall Cobb, who caught nine balls last week, and seems to becoming an important piece to the offense.
2nd Down – Aaron Rodgers threw just one pick against the Bears last season, and it came when he tested middle linebacker Brian Urlacher on a seam route to Finley. That was Urlacher with two good tires. Last week against the Colts, Ulracher was more mascot than playmaker, and the Packers will test that knee both with Finley and with receivers running chair routes in the middle of the field where Urlacher used to intimidate.
3rd Down – Bears quarterback Jay Cutler all but dared the Green Bay defensive backs to try and press the Bears receivers this week, and Cutler might just get his wish. Watch where Charles Woodson lines up because if there is a DB big enough and strong enough to go bump-and-run with Brandon Marshall it’s Woodson.
4th Down – The Bears offensive line caught a break last week, as Colts pass-rushing specialist Dwight Freeney was forced to leave the game early with a bad shoulder, after looking like he would give the Bears front five some serious problems all afternoon. Now they play another 3-4 defense that likes to attack from all angles. Cutler could be running for his life if the unit isn’t ready to step up.