Keys To Victory: Can Chicago Bears Build a Win Streak?
2. Shutdown Buffalo’s Running Backs
With no real options at wide receiver and a backup quarterback likely playing Sunday’s game, the Bills best offensive playmaker is running back LeSean McCoy. In week eight, on their first offensive series, Buffalo ran the ball on three straight plays, with McCoy directly receiving the ball from the center.
For the Bears, an advantage they possess is the fact that McCoy is experiencing a down year in terms of production. He’s had just 75 rushing attempts for 257 yards and has yet to score a touchdown. In fact, the Bears are the only team in the NFL to not yet allow a rushing touchdown in 2018. While this trend could continue into this Sunday, the Bears need to be careful as McCoy could have a big game if the defense underestimates McCoy.
A lot of times, Buffalo will employ the wildcat formation and McCoy will receive a direct snap, which he’ll then run inside, between the right guard and right tackle. In games where the Bills have won, McCoy has been heavily involved in the Bears offense.
However, the Bears defense needs to be equally concerned about running back Chris Ivory. Ivory isn’t exactly one of the premier running backs in the NFL, but he’s shown that he’s a serviceable running back that can make plays with his hands. So far in 2018, Ivory is averaging 15.6 yards per reception.