1. There is no more simple formula than "run = win"
It's easier to run on the Packers than it is to throw, as Green Bay finished the regular season ranked 18th in rush defense but fifth in pass defense, so Martz needs to make sure he's feeding Forte enough even if the Bears are down a score.
2. Getting an early lead is the key against Green Bay
Yes, the Packers run a pass-heavy scheme and can score as quickly as anyone with that quartet of receivers they feature, but they're nothing short of unstoppable when leading all game long and have a cover-to-cover playbook at their disposal. Just ask top-seeded Atlanta.
3. A primary receiver may actually hurt this offense
Remember, way back in the glory days of Martz's "Greatest Show on Turf" in St. Louis, secondaries argued on a weekly basis whether it was most important to key on Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce or even Marshall Faulk out of the backfield.
4. Starks isn't going to be a big factor Sunday at Soldier
Only Pittsburgh has a better rush defense than Chicago, and with Julius Peppers a better run defender than most fans realize and the tackle rotation playing exceptionally well against Seattle, Starks is likely in for some tough sledding Sunday.
5. Cutler vs. Rodgers is probably going to decide it
This is why Bears general manager Jerry Angelo sent two first rounders and change to Denver to acquire Cutler two Aprils ago – a trip to Super Bowl XLV would make the much-ballyhooed deal a bargain in retrospect.
John Crist is the Publisher of BearReport.com, a Heisman Trophy voter and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
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