Keys To Victory: Chicago Bears Face Their Toughest Test Yet
4. Use Anthony Miller More
Anthony Miller is slowly blossoming into the weapon the Bears hoped he’d be after sacrificing a 2019 second-round pick for him. Last week, Chicago’s rookie wide receiver enjoyed a breakout game.
Against a depleted Lions secondary, Miller totaled five receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. In other words, Miller is proving that he is improving each week. Over the last five games, Miller has averaged 18.6 yards per reception, proving that the Bears got a steal when they drafted with the 51st overall pick.
While the Vikings secondary is far more superior to the Lions, Miller still needs to be used more as the Vikings will want to slow down Allen Robinson and Tarik Cohen.
It’s not clear who will be guarding Miller, but it’s likely that the Vikings will rotate three cornerbacks (Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, and Mackensie Alexander) as a means of trying to slow down the Bears passing attack. Mike Zimmer’s defense will also have safety Harrison Smith protect the middle of the field.
Miller has shown to be effective when running crossing routes over the middle of the field or running routes down the field. Each week, a different part of his game continues to grow and this week, against an experienced Minnesota Vikings defense Miller, has a chance to prove that he can be a lethal playmaker on the Bears offense.