The Windy City Hurricane is on the Miami Radar
The Chicago Bears (3-1), sitting atop the NFC North, are hoping to regain momentum as they travel to Miami (3-2) following the bye week. Another win can solidify Chicago’s status as one of the best in the Conference. The Dolphins are coming off two straight losses and appear vulnerable heading into Week Six. The Bears enter Sunday afternoon’s contest as a three-point favorite according to sportsline.com.
But this game has a unique story line … current Chicago DC Vic Fangio and current Dolphins HC Adam Gase (former Bears OC) joined the Bears Organization in 2015 under then HC John Fox. Fangio has some familiarity with this offense suggesting he may have the upper hand but he would never admit it.
“I don’t get all worked up over that stuff, I think the biggest mistake somebody can make, whether it be them changing what they do because they think I might know a little bit more than the next guy about their offense, or for me to change what we do because I think they might know a little bit. You just put that aside and play.” – Vic Fangio via chicagobears.com.
His “Just Play” ideology has the 2018 defense resembling a wrecking ball, building momentum weekly by creating chaos for opposing offenses. Chicago’s second-ranked overall defense is led by OLB Khalil Mack, who is coming off four straight weeks with a sack and a forced fumble. The defensive unit still ranks second with 18 sacks, while sitting in third with eight interceptions following the bye week. The run defense has been superb this season ranking first in the league.
The Dolphins Head Coach has been paying close attention.
“You’re not going to slow him down, so…” said Coach Gase regarding Mack according to the chicagotribune.com.
“You’re not going to slow him down, so…” said Coach Gase
But Mack is no longer the only Bear keeping coaches up at night, Chicago has several contributors. According to profootballfocus.com, second-year safety Eddie Jackson is the second highest graded safety in the NFL with a score of 90.1. He not only leads the unit with two interceptions but also has a sack, a forced fumble, and three passes defensed.
The Dolphins offensive output does not match it’s three wins. An overall offense ranked 29th YPG, a passing offense at 28th, and the 22nd ranked rushing attack should not produce the firepower to muster an upset at home. The defensive unit stands in the middle of the pack allowing 23.4 PPG and 382.6 YPG but possesses a league leading 10 interceptions. Yet, they have only managed eight sacks on the year.
The Bears O-line has allowed the fewest QB pressures this season according to profootballfocus.com. QB Mitch Trubisky should have ample time to prove the blowout win against the Bucs was not a fluke but the new standard. It was the most productive game of his short professional career. He connected on 73 percent of his throws for 354 yards and six touchdowns. His production earned him the FedEx Air Player of the week according to NFL.com.
On paper, this should be an easy win for HC Matt Nagy and his weekly coaching adjustments support that theory. But this is the NFL and anything can happen on Any Given Sunday. If the Bears remain hungry and take advantage of the Dolphins; it should be feasting time in Miami.
Translation Bears eat ‘Phins 31-20.
Until then, stay thirsty. JT out!