Can Chicago Bears slow down Stefon Diggs?


What do the Chicago Bears have to do to slow down star receiver Stefon Diggs?

Stefon Diggs is having a breakout season, there is no way around it. Aside from a Week two game on the road when Case Keenum had one day of practice to prepare with Diggs, Diggs is averaging 6.6 receptions, 121 yards and 1.3 touchdowns per game. Is there anything at all the Chicago Bears can do to prevent this from happening to them.

The answer is not really. In terms of man, there is not a cornerback on the team that has the foot quickness to match up with Diggs. However, against zone Diggs thrives as well. The things that make Diggs are his foot quickness, body fluidity, and field awareness. He is quick to find separation against man and is agile and fluid enough to move while holding defenders in their spots while he finds soft spots in the zone. Throwing extra safety attention at Diggs does not help either because he can still find separation from the cornerback, then he can sit or comeback in front of the safety.

The only real way to deflate the skill of Diggs is to get to the quarterback by only rushing four. The Bears do not blitz heavily, but in this game, they have to rely on that front. The Vikings offensive line is improved from last season, there is no doubt. However, it is too early to call it a strong unit. The Bears obvious strength on defense is the defensive front.

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The keys to stopping Stefon Diggs, believe it or not, will be Pernell McPhee, Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd. If these four can push pockets and force sacks and errant throws, they can keep him in check. If Keenum has time to allow Diggs to create his separation, it is going to be a long night in Chicago.