Last Sunday, San Francisco thought LT Joe Staley would be able to handle Packers LB Clay Matthews one-on-one for much of the game, but Matthews made the Niners pay.
He recorded 2 1/2 of the Packers’ four sacks to open 2012 with a multi-sack game, just like he did in 2010. Matthews only had one multi-sack game in 2011, mostly because he faced regular double teams and there wasn’t enough pass rush from elsewhere on defense for the opposing offenses to change their plans.
So, what does that mean against the Bears on Thursday night? Chicago’s offensive line has faced its share of criticism in recent years for protection problems, and they’ve faced Matthews so much it seems unlikely LT J’Marcus Webb would be asked to block Matthews one-on-one very often.
That could mean Matthews’ defensive mates will get their first real test as to how much pass rush they can provide of Matthews is doubled.
“That’s the overall principle of pass rush is that those who have one-on-ones need to win their matchups, because we believe our guys on defense should be able to take advantage of that,” Matthews said on Wednesday. “We were able to do that a few times this last week.
“If that is the case (that double teams are on tap for him), I’m still going to get after the quarterback, and other guys need to do that as well.”
Injury update: RB James Starks’ return to practice on Wednesday was a surprise development, Mike McCarthy said, but obviously a positive one. Starks was a limited participant and is listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game, but he practiced for the first time since developing turf toe in the preseason opener back on Aug. 9.
“That was excellent news this morning,” McCarthy said. “He’s making progress.”
In addition to Starks, WR Greg Jennings (groin) and CB Davon House (shoulder) being doubtful, LB Terrell Manning (concussion) has been ruled out of the game, while LB Jamari Lattimore (ankle) and DE C.J. Wilson (groin) are questionable.
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- NFL Network will broadcast the contest to a national audience. This will be the Packers’ third-ever appearance on NFL Network and their first since Nov. 29, 2007, at Dallas.
- Play-by-play man Brad Nessler and analyst Mike Mayock will have the call from the broadcast booth with Alex Flanagan reporting from the sidelines.
- The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WGBA (NBC, Ch. 26) in Green Bay and WITI (FOX, Ch. 6) in Milwaukee.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
- Dial Global Sports radio will air the game across the country. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Trent Green (analyst) will call the action with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines.
- Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish to a national audience, with Rafael Hernandez Brito (play-by-play) and Raul Striker Jr. (analyst) calling the action.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 93, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
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WR Greg Jennings missed practice for the second straight day on Wednesday due to his groin injury. Jennings was not present during the portion of practice open to the media. Rookie LB Terrell Manning (concussion) also missed practice.
RB James Starks was seen going through some drills for the first time since his turf toe injury in the preseason opener. On Tuesday, Mike McCarthy labeled Starks “doubtful” for Thursday’s game, and it would be a stretch to activate him for the game after missing four-plus weeks of practice, but it appears he is on the comeback trail.
McCarthy will speak to the media after practice, and the final injury report will be issued then.
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