2. Pass more than run
Last week, in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams used speed to break down the Cardinals defense. Los Angeles used speedy deep-threat wide receiver, Brandin Cooks. By the end of the day, Cooks had totaled seven receptions for 159 yards, averaging 22.7 yards per reception. Aside from Cooks, four other players on the Rams averaged more than 10 yards per reception.
While Mitchell Trubisky isn’t totally comfortable with throwing the ball downfield, his connection with Allen Robinson against the Seahawks was noticeable. The two connected ten times for 83 yards, on 14 targets. Now, the two must carry that same chemistry into week three.
At this point, it’s likely that Cardinals Cornerback Patrick Peterson will be matched up on Robinson. The two are somewhat similar in size as Peterson is listed at 6’1’’, while Robinson is 6’3’’. This is where players like Jordan Howard, Trey Burton, and many others come into the equation.
As the game goes on, the Cardinals will be focused on shutting down Robinson, meaning it will free up guys like Howard and Burton to make plays. Against the Cardinals, Todd Gurley averaged 10.3 yards per reception. So far, through two games, Howard has caught 88.9 percent of passes thrown his way. Trey Burton also has shown that he’s slowly developing into a centerpiece for the Bears offense. He caught all four passes thrown his way on Monday night and has averaged seven yards per reception through two games this season.
Additionally, Anthony Miller should see an expanded role. Considering he caught his first NFL touchdown on Monday Night, it’s fair to wonder if Miller’s snap counts will increase as the season goes on. On Monday against the Seahawks, Miller had a total of 12 snap counts, while Kevin White had just two.
Watching the first two games, it’s clear that the Bears passing offense has struggled at times in 2018. However, against an Arizona Cardinals team that is stuck between competing and rebuilding, this game represents the perfect chance for the Bears passing game to finally get in some rhythm.