Game Plan

As badly as <!--Default NodeId For Brett Favre is 721566,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:721566]>Brett Favre</A> has burned the Bears in the past, they know the first order of business is controlling RB <!--Default NodeId For Ahman Green is 721602,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:721602]>Ahman Green</A>. If they can't do that, Favre will have even more success against them than he usually does, which is considerable.

Favre has an 18-4 record against the Bears, which includes nine straight wins as a visitor in the most-often-played series in NFL history.

The Bears have the advantage of coming off a bye, during which they worked to correct flaws in their own game. The biggest problem appears to be way too many players out of position during losses to the Vikings and 49ers, who combined for 364 rushing yards against the Bears.

Offensively, establishing a running game and getting the ball to WR Marty Booker are the two biggest concerns. The Bears have been held to less than 22 minutes of possession time in both of their first two games and have run just 102 plays. They need to establish ball control on offense, if for no other reason than to keep their defense off the field.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Bears MLB Brian Urlacher vs. Packers RB Ahman Green. Urlacher has had a difficult couple of weeks, especially the past few days when he had to answer questions about his weekend in Las Vegas with model Paris Hilton. Urlacher has been separated from his wife Laurie since the spring. Green is third in the NFC with 266 yards.

--Bears Pro Bowl WR Marty Booker, who is averaging just 7.3 yards per catch with a long of 11, vs. Packers CBs Mike McKenzie and Al Harris.

Booker last season had 18 receptions for 193 yards and one TD in the two-game series vs. the Packers.

--WR David Terrell had his best game of the season last year against the Packers with three catches for 77 yards, the last of which was a 52-yarder on which he suffered a season-ending fracture in his left foot.

--RB Anthony Thomas had 19 carries for 71 yards in two games vs. the Packers last season, and the Bears rushed for a total of just 119 yards.

--WR Dez White had 11 of his 51 catches last season against the Packers for 109 yards.

--TE Dustin Lyman had his career game last season in the rematch with the Packers. Lyman caught seven passes for 58 yards and the only two touchdowns of his four-year career. But he also suffered a ruptured ACL graft in his left knee that ended his season.


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