…Here come the Patriots

If the Bears play in the first half (particularly the tackling) did not have you concerned ENOUGH going into the Patriots game this upcoming weekend…then I hope you didn’t watch the dismantling of the Jets that the Patriots performed on Monday night. WOW. 45-3. Now, I will go on record as being one of the few people that thought the Jets were a bit overrated, and lucky to be 9-2 going into that game; but Tom Brady made that defense look bad. BAD. B. A. D. So here are a few of my thoughts going into this weekend’s game:
1) We MUST tackle better. Ever since getting rid of Randy Moss, the Patriots run alot more quick-hitting, shorter routes. Then they rely on their WRs, TEs, and RBs out of the backfield to make you miss and pick up extra yards. Brady only completed 2 or 3 passes that traveled in the air longer than 10 yards in the entire Monday Night game. IF we tackle like we did in the Eagles game, we will be successful on defense. If we tackle like we did in the Lions game, they could put 40 on us too.
2) On offense, the Jets got so far behind that they had to abandon the running game alot earlier than they wanted too. But they DID average almost 5 yards per carry. Passing-wise, Matt Sanchez was barely at 50 percent completion %, but he had a ton of passes dropped. And he had 3 INTs. The Pats defense will make some big plays, but they will allow you to move the ball down the field in chunks. We just have to avoid the big mistake, which Jay has done really well over the past 3-4 weeks.

Key Matchups:
1) Vince Wilfork/Gerard Warren versus Olin Kruetz/Roberto Garza/Chris Williams- Wilfork was hanging out in the Jets backfield all night long on Monday. Against an All-Pro center in Nick Mangold. I expect alot of rollouts; because the Patriots DE’s are not as strong as their interior defensive line. And if we can give Jay time, our WRs should have a field day against that secondary. Not much speed back there.
2) Brandon Tate versus Devin Hester-field position could be HUGE in this game, and it will be up to the two return men to have big games. Brandon Tate has changed a few games already this year for the Pats, and we have the best returner. EVER. This game should be back-and-forth, so a big return in this game could be the difference.
3) DJ Moore versus Wes Welker- I know we play alot of zone, but with Welker operating out of the slot most of the time, we need to DJ Moore to have a big game and neutralize Brady’s favorite WR—Welker is too good to keep the ball away from, but tackling him and limiting him to short gains will be very important.

My prediction—we are at home, which more importantly mean the Pats are away. Away from the Fake Turf and onto our mess of a field. We win, 23-17.

10 responses

  1. johnnyharvard

    LOL! That was my post on the facebook site in response to your post.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm

  2. Powerful Peter

    Hey Ben and John and others the weather was the main reason I think Urlacher and the D holf off a vaunted passing attack that relies on quick acurate passes. Both qbs as good as they are are both human but I truly believe we can the run the ball at the patriots like they have not seen seen yet this year. GO BEARS!!

    December 10, 2010 at 2:01 am

    • johnnyharvard

      Yeah Pete they can be bullied. Aside from Wilfork they’re not a real physical defense. They have guys who rely more on finesse. If you look at what Cleveland did you can see that they beat them up physically! I think the Bears size on the line is a real advantage. I also think you’ll see that unbalanced line look the Bears have been showing since the Bye where they load up one side of the field, (usually the weak side to make sure the defenders are condensed to where you get a hat on them), with three tackles, and then pull the guard to the point of attack, also with Manumaleuna at H-back to take out a LB or DB. I love that play. Pure power! That play has been very successful for us. I will be very curious to see if that new O-lineman we got the House is active. If he is expect the Bears to run some special sets with him in there perhaps over Shafer who’s been in on that unbalanced line. Bears are actually superior in pure physical talent here. As I’ve stated its the Pats intangibles that set them apart. The whopping on the Jets isn’t as impressive to me because I find the Jets way over rated. I think they are not proven in adverse conditions and mentally fold as things get increasingly difficult during the game.

      December 10, 2010 at 8:43 am

      • today, Patriots rookie ILB Brandon Spikes was suspended for the final 4 games for violating the NFL substance abuse policy. Coincidentally, he is thee ILB that plays with Mayo on running downs, so they will be without one of their run-stopping specialists.

        December 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

  3. Powerful Peter

    Many people still are not taking the Bears seriously. THIS weekend I expect the Bears at home to play their best and surprise the over rated Patriots 21-17

    December 9, 2010 at 1:45 am

    • especially with the weather being the way it is expected to be.
      Snow + Wind + Soldier Field Crappy Grass = Bye Bye Patriots Passing Attack

      December 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    • JohnnyHarvard

      Hey Peter. Glad to see you made it over here. I’m sure the others will make it over once the facebook site is closed. That being said I don’t think the Pats are over-rated. Now the team they just beat…

      December 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

  4. johnnyharvard

    eah I love that play to, but only so much you can do with that. I actually liked that overload O-line play they did during the Buffalo game I believe is when they first used that. They did it both in the run and pass and ran it in multiple sets out of it so that defenses couldn’t key in on what was coming.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:41 am

  5. johnnyharvard

    I agree with pretty much everything you said. It would be curious to see what the Bears device for their run game. Wilfork is a run stuffer. Thats his job. Also another matchup that interests me is the Brady Vs. Urlacher one. The last time in 06′ Urlacher called an excellent game to match Brady on audibles and getting the D set.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:56 am

    • well I think it was good to play the Lions the week beforehand, with their dominant inside guys, because we were wbale to do alot of outside runs. The misdirection flip to Forte for a TD was a great call. I think we will have to do this alot, because it will for sure be tough sledding inside. So I actually think the blocking of Olsen, Manu, and the WRs will be huge.

      December 8, 2010 at 10:19 am

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