By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
Let’s face it, the Chicago Bears have not started off on the right foot, as they are now 1-4 this season. But with a new quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, it can only get better.
On his first real big stage, Trubisky managed to tie the game against the Minnesota Vikings but lost by a field goal. Pretty good for a rookie’s first big outing, wouldn’t you say?
So, now that he has had time to watch film, fix his mistakes, and prepare for his next game against the Baltimore Ravens, here are four reasons why the Bears can beat them.
- The Bears did not utilize the running game against the Vikings as much as they should have. With the thundering legs of running back Jordan Howard, there should be no excuse not to use him. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Howard had 23 carries, for 140 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. The Ravens have allowed 4.2 yards per carry at home this season! That is good news for Howard, Benny Cunningham and Tarik Cohen. I predict the first touchdown to be a rushing one from Howard.
- It was no surprise that once the Bears started Trubisky, they would need to give him the vertical threats he can throw to. Promoted from the practice squad is 6’2” wide receiver Tanner Gentry. Both Gentry and Tre McBride can give the speed down the field and revive the passing game. But let’s not forget the dual threat that tight ends Zach Miller and Adam Shaheen can be. Miller has become the trusted vet that Trubisky can depend on and Sheehan gives him another big body threat down the seam at 6’6. The Ravens have struggled against tight ends this year giving the Bears another advantage.
- Both teams have injured players on defense, the Ravens having the most in the league.However, the Bears get inside linebacker Danny Trevathan back from suspension and it will help the Bears hold the Ravens from utilizing the run game. It will be important for the linebacker core to shut down the Ravens run and force QB Joe Flacco to pass. His passes this season as only been about 6.45 yards per throw. Pressure from Trevathan, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd, and former Raven Pernell McPhee will make Flacco uncomfortable, making key mistakes.
- That leaves me to the last reason: takeaways. The Bears are last in the league on takeaways and this will be the game they will make it happen. Rookie Eddie Jackson has been fantastic against press coverage and he will be locking eyes with Flacco. It will be Jackson’s first interception in the NFL. Flacco has thrown 6 interceptions so far and with the Bears defense boxing him in they will rack up the sacks and force him to panic.
- If the Bears can implement these four scenarios into play on Sunday, the Bears will walk away with a much needed victory and the start of a winning momentum heading into the bye. Let’s hope they succeed and enjoy the ride.Chat Bears football with Wanda on Twitter // @WandaW63#SmartWomen #SmartFootball