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Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?
I always like the Chicago Bears.
And while I think there will be some growing pains for Nick Foles with these receivers, my confidence level in this team is significantly higher with him under center.
Thoughts on the Colts
- I have watched all three Colts games and I don’t really know what to make of them defensively. (I guess the same could be said about the Bears.) Kirk Cousins played one of the worst games I’ve ever seen a quarterback play two weeks ago. Then Sam Darnold topped him last week. If you think the Colts defense caused those performances you really need to look at the tape. Both guys missed wide open receivers all over the field. Both guys just seemed to casually throw interceptions. This is definitely the best defense the Bears have faced to this point but their number one ranking is inflated by these grotesque QB performances.
- When you watch them defensively, it’s their aggressiveness that jumps off the screen. They are a group that likes to hit people. It’s the reason Matt Eberflus was being considered for some head coaching gigs last off-season and why he’ll be a top contender once Eric Bieniemy is announced as the new coach of the Falcons.
- Mo Alie-Cox looks to be finally developing into a nice weapon for Phil Rivers at the tight end spot. He’s only got ten catches on this young season but you can see the confidence level growing each week. Bears need to be wary.
- Stopping the run is key every week but it’s absolutely essential Sunday. If the Bears have shown a vulnerability in the passing game it’s the deep middle, underneath the safeties. Those throws require arm strength and the first three QBs they have faced have had it in spades. Rivers does not. He can not pick them apart if he’s trying to fit the ball into tight windows, 10-12 yards down the field.
- Kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was one of my favorite players in the 2020 NFL Draft and he’s been fine kicking for the Colts. But…he’s doinked three kicks through three weeks. Imagine if the Bears had drafted him and he did this? It would have broken half the fan base.
HughesReviews: Ten Best Films of Phil Rivers’ Birth Year (1981)
(10) Prince of the City
(9) Chariots of Fire
(8) Vernon, Florida
(7) Pennies From Heaven
(5) Zorro, the Gay Blade
(4) History of the World Part I
(3) Raiders of the Lost Ark
Tweet of the Week, Celebrating Matt Nagy
First 35 games for post-Halas Chicago Bears head coaches.
— DaBearsBlog (@dabearsblog) September 29, 2020
Worth the Gamble
Last week we took the Bears over 10.5 in the first half. They only scored ten, thanks to Cairo Santos and the former starting quarterback.
Two bets I like this week:
- Bears first team to score. +100
- Bears over 2.5 touchdowns. +125.
I expect the Bears defense to give Rivers big-time problems, bringing both of these home.
The “Pressure” Haiku
Is this my worst haiku? It’s got to be up there.
Mammoth phallus Foles
Sir, your table is ready.
Tonight’s special? Horse.
Sometimes you fall in love with a match-up. I’m in love with this one.
Expect the Bears to slow Taylor and the Colts rushing attack, keeping them in third-and-long, and unleashing their pass rush. Rivers, under pressure, will struggle. He’ll try to fit the ball into tight windows, the Bears will get their hands on it, and the turnovers will follow.
Foles does enough.
Chicago Bears 24, Indianapolis Colts 16