We explore the keys to a Chicago Bears victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.
The Chicago Bears’ 23-29 loss to the Indianapolis Colts last weekend will be tough to stomach. It was certainly a game where the Bears did some good things, just not enough of them to win.
Chicago will be in the confines of the Windy City to take on their next opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both teams have had disappointing starts to the year, but one will take a small step in the right direction this Sunday. Here are the keys that will ensure a Bears win this weekend.
Last week’s keys:
1. Get Cameron Meredith and Joshua Bellamy involved
Meredith had a breakout performance last Sunday. The former college quarterback racked up 9 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. Despite his gaudy stat line, Meredith did have two fumbles, one of which was lost to the Colts. Ball security has now become a subject of issue for the young receivers who has as many fumbles as he does game appearances. However, Meredith’s performance is ultimately good enough to secure this key for the Bears. I know the key says Cameron Meredith AND Joshua Bellamy, but Meredith’s performance left very little room for Bellamy to be on the field.
2. Put Andrew Luck under pressure early and often
The stats appear to be in favor of the Bears here, but the tale of the tape says otherwise. The Bears forced 5 sacks of Andrew Luck, but the pressure was extremely inconsistent. Luck had a clean pocket on too many occasions which allowed him to pick the defense apart. One bright spot through all of this was Willie Young. After an abysmal start to the season, Willie Young responded with three sacks of Andrew Luck, and applied the most consistent pressure of any Bears last Sunday. Despite a great individual effort, the Bears still fall short in this category.
3. Never fall behind by more than 10 points As I mentioned before last week’s game, the Colts are a momentum team. The Bears did a solid job of staying even keel throughout the game, but failed to pounce on opportunities at times. That being said, the Bears never fell behind by more than 10 which gives them this key.
Week 5 keys: 2/3