Chicago Bears must blitz Philadelphia Eagles

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Matthew Stafford
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Matthew Stafford /

If the Chicago Bears want to hang around with the team with the top record, they have to blitz Carson Wentz and the offensive line

The Chicago Bears only way to win this game, or even stand a chance at covering a hefty 14.5 point spread, will be on the back of their defense. That is a tough task, considering Carson Wentz is currently an MVP candidate, and Alshon Jeffery could be in for a revenge game.

When looking at the Bears sack distribution, they have allowed 23 sacks. 7.5 have come from the left guard position, but three were allowed by Isaac Seumalo in Week Two. Since then, Stefen Wisniewski has stepped in and has allowed just four sacks over the next eight weeks.

Fortunately for the Eagles, the left guard position in which they upgraded on is still their weakest position on the line. Brandon Brooks has given up 4.5 sacks as well, but that is over the span of the entire season. At left tackle, Jason Peters allowed two sacks over the first seven games, but Halapoulivaati Vaitai has allowed just one over the past three. There are still no weaknesses on the line.

There is only one way to get to the Eagles sophomore breakout. Send at least five pass rushers. Over the 23 times that Carson Wentz has been taken to the

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ground, 52% came on the blitz.

CreVon LeBlanc has proved that he can blitz off of the edge. Whether it be Danny Trevathan, Christian Jones or Nick Kwiatkowski, all of their middle linebackers have shown success coming up the middle. Their guards did give up nine of their sacks so far and should be tested with stunts around Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman. No matter who it is, the Bears have to throw something to try to overwhelm the Eagles up front.