5 questions Chicago Bears must answer at Atlanta Falcons

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2. Will the Atlanta Falcons dominate the Chicago Bears on the ground 

The Atlanta Falcons are an interesting team. They are right there with Chicago as one of the run-heaviest teams in the NFL. They have a mobile quarterback, and their offensive line clearly favors run blocking, so they are riding with it.

Currently, their run game has been more consistent than the Chicago Bears, who often rely on Justin Fields to make things happen. The Atlanta offensive line ranks 4th in adjusted line yards, meaning that they are creating for their running backs, and they are moving the chains in short-yardage situations.

This is obviously an issue for the Chicago Bears, as they have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Still, somehow, and someway, the Bears run defense is better than the Falcons’ run defense in adjusted line yards, EPA allowed per rush and success rate.

Neither defense can stop the run, but Chicago is slightly better. Both teams can run the ball, but Atlanta is slightly better. As we noted, both quarterbacks take a ton of sacks, and neither defense creates many. The team that gets the sacks and stops the run for the first time all season will win this game. One team has to do it.