Chicago Bears: 5 keys to a victory over the Los Angeles Rams
Chicago Bears Key No. 2: Bears front seven needs to be effective early
As the final injury report for Week 1 was made official, it came to everyone’s attention that defensive tackle Eddie Goldman will not be suiting up. Dealing with a knee injury, Goldman hadn’t practiced all week. While this is a huge setback for Chicago’s front seven, there should still be no excuses for them to be effective.
Having Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks and Robert Quinn healthy to start the season should have their presence felt. This also makes room for the seventh-round rookie from BYU, Khyiris Tonga to make an immediate impact. Tonga should be taking reps at the nose tackle position tonight. Also, Trevis Gipson could be someone that perhaps gets more playing time than expected with his impressive offseason and preseason improvements.
The importance of an effective pass rush early on in the game makes for a more comfortable secondary. A secondary we truly do not know what to expect from at this point. This also interrupts Matthew Stafford from finding immediate success in Sean McVay’s offense. Making Stafford feel like he never left Detroit and creating an unpleasant game for newcomer Sony Michel in the backfield is a huge piece to getting a win.
Chicago Bears Key No. 3: Matt Nagy’s playcalling must be decisive and timely
Only a small sample size was given to the NFL and Chicago Bears fans this preseason with the first-team offense. Yes, key starters never stepped foot into the game, and not all of the offensive line was there to perform. However, none of that really matters if you know Nagy’s track record with being the offensive play-caller.
Going back to as early as the 2016 AFC Wildcard Game, questions were being asked if the play calling by Nagy was what caused a second-half collapse for Kansas City. Coming from the Andy Reid tree of coaches running his own offense is something Nagy stays up all night trying to perfect. As there is so much pride behind making it a success.
Andy Dalton is not Mitch Trubisky, he has been there and done that. Easing him into the game with certain play calls isn’t something Dalton needs. Knowing when to call certain plays for particular situations in the game is another understanding. Getting too fancy or cute with play calls is something that tends to go the wrong way. Move the ball efficiently to what accommodates this Bears team the best. The Bears are not the Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes, nor is Nagy like Andy Reid.