CHICAGO — Two teams have torched the Packers secondary so far this season, but neither could pull off a win. Today, the Bears and their flailing aerial attack will attempt to become the first to do both.

CHICAGO — Two teams have torched the Packers secondary so far this season, but neither could pull off a win.

Today, the Bears and their flailing aerial attack will attempt to become the first to do both.

“They’ve gotten into a few shootouts, and they’re a high-risk defense,” Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said. “The last two games some teams have been able to take advantage of that. They cause a lot of turnovers, but there’s some openings out there for some really big plays.”

But can the struggling Bears offense find enough of those openings to pull out a win. Chicago is 13th in the league with a 278 yards-per-game average, but it has surrendered a league-high 11 sacks and has only three touchdowns through the air, one by running back Matt Forte, easily the most dangerous weapon for the Bears so far this year.

The Packers are last in the league after allowing 800 yards passing through two games. And now they will have to try and turn that around without one of their best coverage men, safety Nick Collins, who is out for the season with a neck injury.

They will meet the Bears for the 183rd time in the oldest rivalry in the NFL at Soldier Field, and it could come down to whether a struggling Green Bay defensive backfield can shut down a stumbling Bear passing game. Bears head coach Lovie Smith figures to at least try and go after Green Bay’s weakness.

“We try to attack them each week. When you play a rivalry game, you can’t get too wrapped up in statistics, on where anybody is ranked,” said Smith, 8-7 against the Packers as the Bears head coach. “I assume that both defenses will play well, both offenses will play hard, and special teams could be the difference in the game. This will be a typical Bears-Packers game.”

The Bears are coming off a demoralizing 30-13 loss to the Saints, a team the Packers held off for a 42-34 win in Week 1. But, quarterbacks from each of the first two teams the Packers have faced have thrown for over 400 yards, and one was rookie Cam Newton, who had the lowly Panthers in front of Green Bay by throwing early and often last weekend.

Green Bay calmed down and rolled to a 30-23 victory Sunday, but Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is hoping his team can figure it out on defense. Starting today.

“It’s never usually just one thing; if there was, we would have already fixed it,” a businesslike McCarthy explained. “It’s a combination of pressure and coverage, and we’re working to fix it in all areas.”

No one on the Bears’ side expects the Packer secondary to just lay down for them. In fact, they expect to see better Green Bay pass coverage then they saw through the first two weeks.

“Well, as much as this rivalry is talked about and hyped up, I think they’ll be ready to play. In my opinion I think you’ve got to throw those numbers out. It’s going to be a little bit different pace and a little different scenario and atmosphere for those guys,” Bears wideout Roy Williams said. “They’re going to be ready to play; they’re going to be geared up and ready to play. And so are we.”

The Bears won 20-17 in the last regular-season meeting between the two teams at Soldier Field, but in that one, Green Bay was whistled for a club-record 18 penalties. The Packers then won the last two meetings between the two teams last year — including the 21-14 NFC championship victory — and have won 14 of the last 19 meetings in Soldier Field.

Bears reporter Jay Taft can be reached at 815-987-1384 or jtaft@rrstar.com.