1. Get Jordan Howard rolling early
Yes, the Bears have some nice passing options around them, but it’s time to get back to some old-school ground and pound offense. Jordan Howard has shown amazing potential so far, now it’s time to see what he can do with more carries. This is key for a number of reasons.
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First, the Bears’ defense has been on the field for nearly 3 quarters per game so far. That is a direct result of way too many three and outs from the offense. If Howard can get the chains moving, the defense will be rested to make more plays.
Second, the Bears have an offensive line that’s stronger running the ball. Yes, Bobbie Massie has had a poor start to the year, but he has always been a run first player. He is slow to a pass set, but down blocks with ferocity. Kyle Long and Josh Sitton can easily maul most linebackers when pulling across the line of scrimmage as well. Lastly, a strong running game makes the defensive line slower to pass rush. Gap integrity is the first priority for defensive lineman, and if they are on their heels to maintain it, they won’t sprinting at the snap of the ball to massacre Cutler and or Hoyer.
Third, Howard is the type of running back who only gets better as the game goes on. His bruising running style wears down defenses. This will be especially useful if the Bears need to chew some clock to secure a victory.