1. Play Consistent Defense and Special Teams
For a defense that totaled 18 sacks through the first four games of the season, the Bears defense has completely taken a step back these last two games. With just one sack in the last two games, the Bears defense all of a sudden looks vulnerable. In fact, one could argue that the Dolphins and Patriots have provided a blueprint for how to break apart the Bears defense.
On Sunday, with a rookie quarterback coming to town, the Bears defense has a major chance to redeem themselves.
Over the last two weeks, both units have missed various tackles in key situations, which has led to opponents eventually scoring. In the game against the Patriots, at least five Bears defenders were unable to bring down Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman. Edelman eventually would go on to score on the same play.
What the Bears defense needs to do is get back to tackling the ball carrier. Considering the speed that Roquan Smith brings to the table and the amount of experience on the Bears defense, missing tackles isn’t an excuse.
The Special Teams, cannot miss key tackles or blocks either. Last week, Chris Tabor’s unit gave up 14 points which allowed for the Patriots to gain some momentum. Playing strong defense and special teams is a way to set the Bears offense up for success.