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Bears' Maynard controlling the field position

12/22/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- So far, Chicago punter Brad Maynard is the Bears' best weapon in what promises to be a field position game.

Maynard has punts of 65, 60 and 25 yards. The latter pinned the Packers at their 8-yard line.

The Bears are so intent on controlling the field position game that they had Maynard punt from their 34-yard line. There was no way they would consider sending out Robbie Gould for a 52-yard field goal. And coach Lovie Smith didn't appear to hesitate on the question of whether to go for a first down.