Bears At Packers: What To Watch For

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Strategy, Play Calling, Clock Management

Sep 13, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy meets Chicago Bears head coach John Fox at midfield following the second half at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 31-23. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Kick the field goal, take the points. Go for it on fourth, you need a touchdown.

These thoughts were running through many Bears fans minds during last weeks game against the Denver Broncos. Some think Chicago Bears Head Coach John Fox made the correct decision, others hate the call. Either way, it is now in the past.

Moving forward, both coaching staffs are going to need to be on top of their game come this Thursday.

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With the Chicago Bears welcoming back Matt Forte, Adam Gase is going to need to be strategic on how he divvy’s up the carries between Forte, Langford, and Carey. That will be a key to maintaining different paces on offense, as well as balance.

On the Packers side of the ball, it is yet to be seen if Lacy has truly regained his 2014 form. If he has, the coaching staff must roll with the hot hand in order to wear down the Bears defense.

The Packers coaching staff will also need to utilize an array of short to intermediate throws in order to gain comfort between their quarterback and receiving corps. During their two losses, the Packers receivers were not on the same page as Aaron Rodgers. By implementing passes that allow for the two to gain stability, they will be able to better attack Chicago.

Vic Fangio will have his hands full as the games top passer will be on the opposite of the ball. Fangio has had the upper hand in his match ups against Rodgers and the Packers, during his time with the San Francisco 49ers. It will be intriguing to see how Fangio attacks this particular game with his evolving defense.

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