The Bears will try to stay over 0.500 on Sunday when hosting Patriots at Soldier Field.
Matt Nagy's team is confident that he will have to miss a hard overtime loss for the dolphins in Miami in all three phases to be much sharper in order to annoy a team that seldom beats itself. But the bears also feel a window of opportunity to speak out against a respected but vulnerable opponent.
This is not the mismatch it may have been over the past two or three years. It will certainly not be a walloping like the Bears, who experienced a 51-23 loss to the Patriots in 2014 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Here are our three keys to the Bears who land on the winning side on Sunday. [1
Analysis of the Pregame: A year ago, Nagy, as the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs, helped a 42-27 week 1 big surprise the Patriots by sending to an offensive fixture contributed 537 total yards and six touchdowns. Last week, the Chiefs rolled 446 yards, scoring 40 points in a three-point loss for the Patriots, finding ways to attack with an offensive system similar to what the Bears now use. At some point, Nagy should be able to sift through the details and find games and concepts the bears can use to defend the patriots' defenses. As it stands, the Patriots rank 20 in Yards per game (5.85). They also ranked last in the sack rate, taking quarterbacks down to just 2.98 percent pass attempts. This should be Nagy's bread and butter, the ability to take the puzzle every week and put it together so that his team is positioned for success. This should be his funniest test so far.
2. Have the Chicken Salad ready.
Pregame Analysis: In the last two games, Tarik Cohen, who runs back, has proven his worth as a matchup gem for the bears. The totals: 63 snapshots, 32 touches, 305 yards from scrimmage, two touchdowns. Nagy continues to involve Cohen in various ways that suggest opposing defenses. And it was clear this week that Cohen caught Bill Belichicks' attention. The ground is yours, Bill. "He's hard to find," Belichick said. "He's a dynamic player who can run, catch and really threaten any field square – from the sideline to the sideline, in the middle and deep – you can throw it to him, you can give it to him, and he's heavy on that It is difficult to open so that the quarterback can bring the ball to him – that's great skills to have, each of which is good, and he has several of them … He is a special player always has to know where he is. "
Pregame Analysis: A week after Dolphin's slot receiver Albert Wilson ripped through the Bears Defense for 155 yards and two touchdowns, Vic Fangio's group will face legendary quarterback Tom Brady operated on the way he uses his slots. For Brady, the slot receiver was the engine behind the offensive efficiency of the Patriots forever. And it was no coincidence that the star quarterback was out of place in September while Julian Edelman served his four-game ban for breaching the league's high-performance drug policy. Edelman has 11 catches for 111 yards and a touchdown in two games since the return. Modest statistics, to be sure. Rob Gronkowski says that the mere presence of Edelman increases the energy of all. "Big time," said Gronkowski. "Edelman has the juice every morning, every day, every day, exercise, no matter what time it is, he has the juice, it helps, those days can be long, the season can be long, it's always good, a guy
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