Keys to the game against the Packers

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The biggest game of the season happens tomorrow. This game will be first time since 1962 that both the Bears and the Packers are 2-0 coming in. Since 2004, the Bears are 4-1 on Monday night. This is a must win, more so, for the Bears than the Packers. The Packers have been preseason favorites to win the division and possibly make it to the Super Bowl while many predicted the Bears would compete with the Lions for third in the division. The tides have changed and many are starting to recognize the Bears. A win on Monday night would solidify their place as one of the elite teams in the NFL.

Here are keys to the game: 

Convert on third downs
Last week against the Cowboys, the Bears were 1 for 11 on third down conversions. As a result, Bears only had only 49 offensive plays. By converting on half of the third downs, the Bears could have had 15-20 extra plays. If the Bears could run that many more plays, they'll keep the ball away from the Aaron Rodgers and use more of the clock.

Must continue to stop the run
The Bears have the top ranked rushing defense. The defensive line is playing a gap-sound and disciplined. The Bears need to continue to be stout against the run and force the Packers to be a one dimensional team. If the Bears can do this, they can drop back defenders and have in more opportunities to deflect balls and come up with easy interceptions.

Need a boost on special teams
Both the punt and return games have been quiet thus far. Last week, the Bears gave up a punt return last week to the Cowboys' Dez Bryant. A big play needs to happen a touchdown return, a return that nets excellent field position, a fumble - something needs to happen.

Intangibles
For the second time in 14 years, the Bears are 2-0 with a 4 game winning streak dating back to last season. The Bears will also celebrating the 1940's Monster of the Midway era by wearing their throwbacks. The Bears need to own Soldier Field. The 4th Phase will definitely be in the house.

Watch Jeff Joniak's Keys to the Game on ChicagoBears.com.

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