The Cowboys came after the Bears early in the game only to see offensive coordinator Mike Martz and offensive line coach Mike Tice to make the necessary adjustments. As a result, the Bears made enough big plays to defeat Dallas 27-20 in Cowboys Stadium on Sunday.
Knowing this, might the Packers be less likely to come after Cutler early in the game? It's possible, but tight end Greg Olsen said we'll have to wait and see.
"It all depends on the team's philosophy heading into the week and what they are going to try to take away," Olsen said. "We did a good job of adjusting through the course of the game with what we wanted to counter attack them with. The short passes and letting guys run in space was a good adjustment for us and it led to some good plays."
The big plays made up for the fact that the Bears averaged 2.0 yards per carry and converted only 1 of 11 first downs.
Expect getting the running game going and improving their third-down conversion rate to be points of emphasis as the Bears prepare to host the Packers on Monday night.
"The big plays mask that a little but but in the long run that will catch up to you," Olsen said. "You have to do a good job staying on the field and converting third downs, keeping it manageable so you have options to run and pass and can do both to keep defenses off balance. We have to work on that.
If nothing else, how the Bears reacted to the Cowboys pressure should give them confidence that they can handle anything.
"We should get an early indication like we did last week of their philosophy going in and we'll do a good job like we did last week adjusting to it," Olsen said. "You can do a good job to prepare and spend a lot of time but at the end of the day no one knows exactly 100 percent what it's going to be like on game day. When the bullets start flying you kind of say, 'Ok, here's what they're trying to do.' You relay the information to the guys and go from there. We'll see how the game plays out."