By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
One of my favorite hobbies is going to air shows and learning all about military air-combat. Pilots who flew during World War II were either the aggressor waiting to attack or sitting ducks waiting to be attacked. Their eyes always had to be scanning the skies for the enemy.
On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will battle the New York Jets in Soldier Field. Even though all games should be a win, this one, at home needs to happen in a big way. After back-to-back losses against the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, the Bears can’t afford to let another game slip through their fingers by a touchdown or field goal. It is imperative that the Monsters of the Midway attack the Jets with a military method of attack.
With the same attacking style, the Bears need to approach their attack against the Jets through the air and on the ground. It will start with special teams keeping the ball within 15 yards or less with gunners running at full force, tackling with precision.
From there the Bears defense will need to hit the Jets offensive line with guns-a-blazing infusing constant pressure on quarterback Sam Darnold. He currently holds a passer rating of 78.7 when in the pocket. If Bears front seven can keep him contained he will get rattled and make mistakes.
The defense has to hit and tackle with precision and capitalize with takeaways. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio needs to play this out strategically by playing to the strengths of linebackers Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith, and Danny Trevathan, defenseive end Akeim Hicks, and defensive tackle Bilal Nichols. Let’s see if he can change the defense from 100% drop coverage to, let’s say, blitzing? Just a thought.
But it can’t stop there. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky must be steady and ready to unload the rock with the intensity of a catapult. It needs to be just enough to get into the hands of wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller, tight end Trey Burton, and running back Tarik Cohen.
The plan has to be balanced in the air as well as on the ground. Using RB Jordan Howard as a tank up the middle can only happen when the offensive line can give him room to run. Currently, the Jets defense has allowed 105.07 rushing yards to opposing teams. Bears need to run with that.
Trubisky has to be accurate and keep fumbles and interceptions out of the game plan. During a recent press conference, Trubisky spoke like a true captain:
“There’s no detail too small in this offense, and that’s really where you start to see that we could separate ourselves as an offense.”@Mtrubisky10 has a laser focus on da details. #DaBears
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— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) October 24, 2018
As a captain, he needs to lead like one and minimize his mistakes. His team needs to help him feel like he can stay poised in the pocket with time to throw. If he can command his offense the way he did against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it will be another victory at home and a shift in momentum.
Hopeful Prediction: Bears 31 – Jets 19
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