Historically, the Packers defense has done nothing but create problems for Cutler and the Bears offense. The different formations from the Packers defense has typically confused the Bears quarterback and forced Cutler into making turnovers. The Packers defense will look to do the same to McCown.
When McCown entered the game for Cutler against the Washington Redskins, the quarterback was successful in operating the Bears offense. The reason why McCown may have been successful is because the backup quarterback was simply reacting to what the Redskins defense was showing. Remember, that was a Redskins defense that prepared to play against Cutler. That will not be the case with the Packers defense. The Packers defense has spent all of this week preparing for McCown. Meaning McCown will no longer have the benefit of reacting to what he sees from the Packers defense as the quarterback is now being game-planned against.
The Packers secondary struggled in the early portions of the season, but recently, their secondary has succeeded in taking options away from opposing quarterbacks. The Bears offense has several options. Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, and Martellus Bennett have all proven to be significant options for the Bears offense this season. It stands to reason that there should be at least one option that is available to McCown against the Packers.
The Packers secondary cane be beat. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 247.6 passing yards against the Packers defense this season. It stands to reason that McCown can find some success against the Packers secondary. If the Bears offense is going to be successful, that will need to be the case because the Packers defense has impressed against the run.
Opposing running backs are only averaging 83.6 rushing yards against the Packers this season. That marks gives the Packers defense against the run a ranking of fourth best in the NFL. That does not bode well for Bears running back Matt Forte. With Cutler sidelined, the consensus is that Forte will have an increased amount of participation in the offense. If the Bears are going to be successful in doing so, Forte’s participation will need to come on screen plays and short passes.
The Packers defense is vulnerable. The question is whether or not McCown can take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves.