Talk about two teams headed in opposite directions. The Bears have won 4 straight and 5 of their last 6; the Chargers come in on a 4-game skid. There’s nothing I hate more than a team on a losing streak. There are a couple of interesting story lines, including the old feud between Jay Cutler and Phillip Rivers, there’s Tommie Harris returning as a member of the Chargers and of course, there’s the Bears on a roll as they start a 4-game stretch against the AFC West.
To help us get primed for the game, we’ve enlisted the help of fellow FanSided blogger Ernie Padaon of Bolt Beat to tackle our 5 Questions.
1. Phillip Rivers has been had a rough season, throwing more INT’s (15) than TD’s (13). Why has he struggled so much? Do you think the Bears can get to him on Sunday and add a few turnovers to his stat sheet?
He has been trying to force the ball into small areas and he just doesn’t seem to be on the same page with his receivers this year. His top receivers are missing a lot of practices and he is in a big time funk right now. He seems to be breaking out of the funk a little though and that could be some very good news for the Chargers fans.
The Bears can definitely force Philip into some turnovers. Everyone else has been able to do it and your team is one of the best.
2. The Chargers come to Soldier Field with the 7th ranked offense and 10th ranked defense yet with a 4-5 record, they find themselves heading into Week 11 looking up at the Raiders and even the Broncos. Can this team get it together and get into the playoffs?
We have a lot of injuries that we need to recover from, but if we can get in a groove this division is there for the taking. We still have games against the Broncos and the Raiders coming up. We will have to win those games and a win this Sunday will be HUGE for the confidence of the team.
3. Bears fans might not know the Chargers team all that well. Who is an under-the-radar player that might have an impact on Sunday’s game?
Rookie Vincent Brown is stepping in for injured receiver Malcom Floyd. While the Bears defense will be watching Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates, Brown will get a lot of looks and move those chains.
4. Finish these sentences:
The Chargers will win if …
Philip Rivers wakes up from his slumber and has a break out game. Like you have said, he hasn’t been the quarterback that people are used to and we need him to make some things happen.
The Bears will win if…
They force some turnovers. That is how the Bolts have lost all year long. Force interceptions and force fumbles and you will be sure to put some extra points on the board.
5. What’s your prediction for the game, including a score.
I am not confident with the patch-work offensive line that we are putting together. 3 of our starters are going to miss the game and a guy that was sitting on his couch eating Doritos last week will be a starter. It could get UGLY!
Be sure to head over to Bolt Beat to get all your Chargers information to get primed for Sunday’s big game.