Bears vs. Chargers
The Chargers lost guard Kris Dielman for the season and three more blockers -- Marcus McNeill (neck), Louis Vasquez (ankle) and Tyronne Green (hand) -- may miss Sunday's game against the Bears. General manager A.J. Smith signed two offensive linemen off the street this week and coach Norv Turner may be forced to use them. Wide receiver Malcom Floyd is out with a hip injury and linebacker Shaun Phillips is trying to shake a foot injury.
Obviously this means, for our team to play the way they need to, our front four MUST get in Philip Rivers' head. From the look of the injuries, it doesn't look like that's gonna be a problem, especially with one of his two favorite targets injured, and the fact that either one of his RBs seem to be nursing a wound. I don't know much about their defense, other than Tommie Harris is playing, and Sanchez was able to blow them out of the water, and did i mention they're 24th in the league in rush defense?
STAY FOCUSED BEARS!!!!!!! ..... THIS is Exactly the type of game they so typically blow.
The opponent comes into Soldier Field, ranking near the bottom of the entire league in dam near every catagory..."should" be an easy win.....and the BEARS get their azzes handed to them.....at home.
CHARGERS may not be a GREAT team....but they are still a PROFESSIONAL TEAM. Treat them as such! .... :-)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ..... :-)
They need to go out and maintain the same level of intensity as they had the last two games and the defense will be fine. Take Antonio Gates away from Rivers like we took Megatron away from Stafford and he loses his go to guy and has to gamble. When he gambles he gets picked. That's the best way to beat them.
Offense needs to get Forte back on track with another 100 yard + rushing and 150+ total offense. This week Cutler needs to connect deep, 40 yards +, at least once. Teams are starting to cheat their Safeties up to close down that running lane Forte always seems to find. Have to make then pay for that with Hester of Knox blowing by the coverage for a big score. We have great speed at WR but if we never use it we lose the real advantage it gives us which is to loosen up the running game.
Willie Gault never made anyones all-pro team and he never landed a big part in Hollywood either but his prescenceon the field meant somebody had to cover him deep and not many CB's could stay with him whose names weren't Darrell Green. We need to start using Knox and Hester than same way but they need to be more than just decoys. Jay needs to burn some teams a couple of times and then they have to play a deep Safety to prevent it. No more 8 in the box.
I couldn't agree more! On another note, I did praise the line for being able to stand up to the defensive line during an empty backfield, but with Forte being such a focal point of opposing defenses, the play action must be utilized more often when passing, and in surprising (but not stupid) situations..
Here's the Nuts and Bolts of Sundays Game.
Chicago Bears Report
Nuts & Bolts: Bears vs. Chargers
November, 19, 2011Nov 19
By Michael C. Wright
CHARGERS AT BEARS
When: 3:15 p.m., Sunday | TV: CBS | RADIO:780 AM, WBBM & 105.9 FM
http://a.espncdn.com/photo/2010/0816...right1_576.jpgAP Photo/Denis PoroyThe Bears have faced the Chargers only once in the regular season -- a 14-3 loss in 2007 -- during Lovie Smith's tenure.
Coach: Lovie Smith | Record including playoffs: 72-55 | Last week:Defeated the Detroit Lions 37-13.
Career head-to-head record (including playoffs) vs. Norv Turner:0-1
Career record (including playoffs) vs. Chargers: 0-1
Key stat: The Bears have forced nine interceptions over the past three games, including two outings in which they intercepted four passes. When the Bears finish on the positive side of the turnover margin, they’re 10-1 over the past two seasons.
[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0627...ett_bl_200.jpgRick Stewart/Getty ImagesEarl Bennett has been Jay Cutler's favorite target since returning from an injury.
Offense rank: 17th (327.8 ypg) | Defense rank: 25th (376.3 ypg)
Offensive leader: Since returning to the lineup on Nov. 7, receiver Earl Bennett has caught 12 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in two games, which registers as the best back-to-back performances of his career. Look for Bennett to use his chemistry with Jay Cutler to build on that. The expectation is that the Bears will continue to utilize more and more plays designed to get the ball into Bennett’s hands.
Defensive leader: If there’s anything “old” about CB Charles Tillman, it’s only the fact he makes plays virtually every week, and can constantly be counted on to lock down the opposition’s best receiver. Tillman has 28 interceptions over his career. In addition Tillman has forced 26 fumbles, which is the most by a defensive back since 2003, and seventh overall.
• The Bears have never lost a game against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field.
• The Bears remain undefeated this season (3-0) when the defense scores a touchdown. Since 2004, the Bears are 14-1 when the defense scores a TD.
• The Bears have posted four interceptions in two of their last three outings.
Coach: Norv Turner | Record: 107-114 | Career head-to-head record vs. Smith: 1-0
Career record against Bears: 4-0 | Last week: Lost 24-17 to the Raiders
Key stat: With Turner at the controls, the Chargers have a 28-9 record after Nov. 1 and they’ve won eight of their last 10 November games.
Offense rank:7th (396.7 ypg) | Defense rank: 9th (331.3 ypg)
[+] Enlargehttp://a.espncdn.com/photo/2011/0925...dle_dj_300.jpgDonald Miralle/Getty ImagesEric Weddle could be a thorn in Jay Cutler's side come Sunday.
Offensive leader: Although Phillip Rivers has thrown 13 interceptions, he’s also tossed 149 touchdown passes. Rivers needs only one more TD to become the third player in Chargers history and 75th player in NFL history to reach 150. The quarterback is also on pace for another 4,000-yard passing season which would put him with Peyton manning and Drew Brees as the only players in history to produce four consecutive 4,000-yard seasons.
Defensive leader: San Diego’s third-leading tackler (44 tackles), safety Eric Weddle also leads the Chargers in interceptions (5) which ties for the NFL lead. Weddle needs five more interceptions to tie the team record for single-season interceptions (10) set in 2007 by Antonio Cromartie.
• San Diego has dropped four consecutive games after starting the season 4-1, making this skid the club’s longest since losing nine in a row from 2002-03.
• The Chargers have won two of their last three outings against NFC opponents.
• Chargers linebacker Antwan Barnes has four sacks in the past three games. If Barnes produces a sack against the Bears, it will be his fourth consecutive game with at least one sack.
Interesting that they rank high on O and D both but have a crappy record. Just goes to show you that YPG don't necessarily mean much.
No more than it seems to mean with our D. Ranked 25th in yardage allowed but 6th in point diiferential (points scored vs points allowed). Just gotta play a smart game again and not give up big plays.
Originally Posted by blinddeafmute