The Chicago Bears need to take away Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs
Defensively, the Bears are also squaring off against a backup quarterback, but to limit Brian Hoyer's production, it will come down to limiting his main playmakers, specifically Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs. Combined, these two players have accounted for nearly 800 yards and five touchdowns, and both have served as perennial Pro Bowl players over the last few seasons, but the Bears' defense may be able to limit both of these players.
Obviously, the Bears have a great deal of experience trying to defend Davante Adams, and while Aaron Rodgers is not going to be throwing him the rock on Sunday, Adams is still a threat to catch anything in his vicinity. Jaylon Johnson will likely spend more time covering Adams than any other player, but to prevent the receiver from getting open over the middle, it will be crucial for the defensive line to continue to pressure the quarterback.
Last week, the Bears recorded two sacks against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings, spiking their total to six over the two previous games. A strong performance from the defensive line will help disrupt the passing game, but should also muddy up the lanes for Josh Jacobs on the ground. So far, the Bears' defense has ranked top 10 in terms of rush yards allowed per game, and considering the Raiders are probably looking to lean on the run game, a stout performance up front may be enough to knock Vegas's offense off the rails.
Similar to the Bears, the Raiders offense may not be "fully available" considering the change at quarterback, and if the defense can take away the run game and Hoyer's premier target, it could be a long day for the visiting team. Playing good defense will only give the offense more quality possessions, and vice versa, so for the Bears to win on Sunday, they will need to play sound, holistic, team football from start to finish.