Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
I always like the Chicago Bears. And they’re going for three straight and .500 at the bye! What’s not to like?
Hey Bears, Play Offense on Sunday
John Fox and Dowell Loggains need to walk into the Superdome Sunday assuming the Saints are going to score in the 20s. Why? Because the Saints always score in the 20s. We’re talking about a team, playing at home, that is:
- 4th in points and yards per game.
- 10th in rushing yards per game.
- 3rd in passing yards per game.
- Least sacked team in the entire NFL, allowing only 5, and they’ve played the Minnesota (ranked 4th), Carolina (ranked 3rd) and Miami (ranked 10th) defenses this season.
If Fox/Loggains operate the same offensive mathematical equation…
(Run for 2 + Run for 1) x [3rd-and-7 Throw Under Obvious Pressure] = Success?
…they’ll find themselves chasing the game. And the Bears are NOT built to chase any game.
Tweet of the Week
Halftime of MNF & Eagles lead. If they win, Bears will be one game back of the second wild card. And that team has Brett Hundley at QB.
— DaBearsBlog (@dabearsblog) October 24, 2017
Three Reasons the Bears Win
- Saints have one of the most balanced offenses in the league but the Bears can render an opponent one-dimensional with their suffocating run defense. There isn’t a pair of interior defensive linemen in the league playing to the standard of Hicks and Goldman and Sunday the Bears held Carolina backs to 21 carries, 58 yards – a staggering 2.76 yards per. If Bears can force Brees to drop back every down, they’ll get to him.
- On the flip side, the Bears should be able to line up and run the ball on a New Orleans defense allowing 4.9 yards per carry. Green Bay QB Brett Hundley couldn’t play Sunday – it was obvious to anyone watching – and Dennis Allen’s Saints defense still allowed Aaron Jones to go 17-131-1. This kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter. So just because they know you wanna run it doesn’t mean they can stop you.