Keys To Victory: Can Chicago Bears Build a Win Streak?
4. Run A Pass Heavy Offense
While most fans are still waiting for running back Jordan Howard to get going, the Jordan Howard breakout game of 2018 will have to wait another week. Through eight games this season, the Bills have allowed an average of 106 yards per game. In three of those eight games, opponents have been held to under 100 yards.
This means that Matt Nagy will need to once again, run a pass-heavy offense. The Bears offense is quickly establishing itself as an offense that relies on big plays to move the ball. Last week against the Jets, Tarik Cohen caught a 70-yard screen pass which resulted in a touchdown. However, this Sunday could be different for the Bears.
While Buffalo allowed 311 passing yards in week eight, they broke up the big play multiple times. Often times, Buffalo will try and prevent the big play by having defensive backs drop in coverage. In this case, Tre’Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer will be three players that will actively look to defend against the deep pass. In week eight, the Bills allowed the Patriots to throw the ball deep seven total times in the game, but only four passes were actually caught.
To break down the Bills defense, the Bears will need to pick up blitzes and then throw short passes. In these scenarios, Buffalo linebackers will do one of two things. First, they’ll either blitz and try to get after Mitchell Trubisky. Or second, they’ll show blitz and then drop back into coverage. Mitchell Trubisky will need to throw the ball into soft spots to move the Bears offense.