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Tales from the Tape: Defense
First quarter -3rd and 3. QB Aaron Rodgers is in shotgun. TE Jermichael Finley is wide left. Chicago uses man coverage. LB Nick Roach is a few yards across from Finley. At the snap, Finley runs a slant pattern and leaves Roach in his dust. Rodgers hits him on a slant for 11 yards and a first down. The week before, in Green Bay's only loss this season, the Kansas City Chiefs lined up an extra corner or safety across from Finley all game. They knew their linebackers had no chance covering him one on one. The strategy worked, as the Chiefs held Finley to just three catches on 10 targets. Yet the Bears didn't follow suit and instead chose to send Roach out wide on the big tight end. Roach falls back on his heels and is beat immediately. Finley caught three touchdowns the first time these two teams met this year. Chicago should have been more prepared to shut him down, especially with WR Greg Jennings out. -A few plays later, Rodgers hits RB Ryan Grant on a screen play that goes for 3...
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