Here it is folks..it's time once again for Hanks' Keys To The Game
1. It's January. It's Chicago. It's BRRRRFUKKEN COLD up there. Game time temp will be in the low 20s with possible snow. The Fawks have got to stay warm in order to work their magic again. How can they do it? By reading some old posts from here on how steelie fisherpeople stay warm, that's how. Lots of A #1 advice right here in PP-land.
Don't let Da Bears pull off any of that"heaters are out of fuel" chicanery either. If the Fawks can't have working heaters, Da Bears can't either. That's the law.
2. Ever hear about that Hester guy? The best advice would be to not punt to him. Punt it out of bounds; punt it to the opposite side of the field. If he does get his hands on it, tackle him before he gets up a head of steam and starts those fancy moves of his. Otherwise he'll ruin your day.
3. Marshy needs to have another one of those world-class runs he ripped off against the Faints, but that's gonna be tough to do. When Julius Peppers was asked if Da Bears defense would allow that, his answer was "No". The Fawks O-Line will have to do some serious blocking on Sunday. Not just for Marshy and 4-Set...for Matthew as well. He's an old guy, a little gimpy right now, and Peppers would love to hang a few sack-a-rooneys on him and send him to the showers.
Last time up there in Chi-Town the Fawks put up a decent running game. That's gonna be a little tougher with Briggs back in the lineup. That Urlacher critter might be getting a little long in the tooth but he's a savvy old fart and he doesn't miss many tackles. Once again..good solid blocking is key.
3. You liked that last game when the Fawks put Cutler in the sod half-a-dozen times didn't ya? It was pretty sweet all right. Think the Fawks can do that again? Probably not and I'll tell ya why. First off, Cutler was coming back from a concussion in that game and he was a tad mushy-brained; a little slow on the draw. Not the best time to call a game that had 47 pass plays..the slow-developing pass plays Martz likes to draw up. Forte only ran the ball 8 times too. Since then Da Bears have had a more balanced offense. Forte is averaging 4.6 YPC...5.8 in the last 4 games. Sunday is not the day for the Fawks to forget everything they've learned about tackling.
Da Bears O-Line has been doing a better job of protecting Cutler too. Forget about the stats from the game against the Pack where they got to Cutler 5 times or so. That's the Pack...not the Fawks. To get to Cutler, Clemons and Brock will need to come off the edge. Da Bears aren't too good at picking up blitzes, so a few here and there won't hurt.
4. Hasselsux is one of the highest rated QB's in the vertical game...passes of 11 yds or more. Da Bears secondary has only given up 9 pass plays of 30 yds or more all season. Not bad. So what's a mother to do? I'll tell you what. Slant passes between the LB's and secondary to Stokley is the answer. If the Fawks can count on Williams to leave his pass-droppin' hands on the plane, more the better.
5. The Fawks need to try that mixture of trickery and strategery again. That "Carlson-falls-down-at-the-line-and-then-skips-into-the-endzone-untouched" play was a masterstroke. Try it again in case Da Bears were sleeping instead of watching game films. Better yet, try a play where all the Fawks receivers fall down. It can't hurt.
6. It's been pointed out by that football sage Todd that scoring more points than Da Bears is a crucial aspect of winning. On that point I'd have to agree. The Fawks should go all out and try their hardest to put more points on the board than Da Bears.
So that's that. Only 6 this time but 6 that will bring the Fawks one step closer to their Super Bowl dream.