If the Chicago Bears are going to win on Thursday Night Football, they need a big Anthony Miller performance
Anthony Miller has slowly become the most frustrating player on the Chicago Bears. He has given fans just enough moments to believe that when he puts it all together he is going to be a threat. His game-winning touchdown against Atlanta can speak to his upside.
On the other side, a drop off of his outstretched hands resulted in an interception that all but ended the Chicago Bears’ chances against the Colts last week. The ups get you excited, and the downs are as bad as anyone on the roster.
That is why it is not surprising that Darnell Mooney has taken over as the number two wide receiver while Miller has been relegated to the slot. However, that means that on Sunday, the Bears will need him more than ever.
Allen Robinson is likely to be followed by Carlton Davis, who is having a strong season. Jamal Dean has impressed for Tampa Bay as well on the outside. So, with an up and coming pass defense, the questions become, where is the weakness? It is in the slot.
Sean Murphy-Bunting has struggled in the past couple of weeks. In Week 2, D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson had their best performances in the slot. Jerry Jeudy had a few wins against SMB in week three, and in week 4 the wheels came off.
Keenan Allen beat him consistently, but a 72-yard touchdown allowed to Jaylen Guyton left him exposed.
Murphy-Bunting is currently sixth in the NFL is receiving yards allowed. While there have been some big names in the slot, getting burnt by someone like Guyton shows that he is open for business.
The issue is that Anthony Miller has had easier matchups in the past. It almost does not matter who is in front of Miler. He can beat the toughest competition and fall apart against the weakest. What matters is where he is mentally?
The Chicago Bears are going to need a mentally tough Miller on Sunday. The matchup calls for peppering the slot, and Miller has to take advantage or else the Buccaneers defense will shut down Chicago.