Packers-Bears matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Jan. 19, 2011 @ 7:56 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's NFC championship game between the Packers and Bears at Soldier Field.

Packers SS Charlie Peprah vs. Bears TE Greg Olsen

Coming off a career-best 113-yard receiving day against the Seahawks, Olsen is sure to have the Packers' attention when he's on the field Sunday.

While Peprah, who is in his first season as an every-week starter, likely will be assigned to Olsen most frequently, he could get some assistance from other members of Green Bay's defense. A team observer said it would be no surprise if LB Desmond Bishop and CB Charles Woodson get involved in trying to blanket Olsen.

With a rare combination of height, speed and athleticism, Olsen poses a mismatch against many defenders. Packers coordinator Dom Capers might get creative game-planning for Olsen, who is one of the Bears' most dangerous weapons on offense.

Olsen has lined up at several different spots on offense and offensive coordinator Mike Martz will motion him before the snap to try to set up a favorable matchup. Green Bay did a good job of neutralizing him in Week 17. He was held to five catches for 29 yards, and neither of the tight ends the Packers have faced in the postseason — the Eagles' Brent Celek and the Falcons' Tony Gonzalez — made much noise against them.

If the Bears don't do a better job in pass protection than they did last time against Green Bay's blitz-heavy defense, Olsen probably won't get many opportunities to make big plays. QB Jay Cutler was sacked six times by the Packers at Lambeau Field and he needs time to look for Olsen when the tight end works downfield.