Five Players To Watch: Week 12 (McClellin, Wootton, M. Bennett, Anderson, Bowman)

Five Players To Watch: Week 12 (McClellin, Wootton, M. Bennett, Anderson, Bowman)

The Bears want their success to continue as they head to St. Louis this week to battle the Rams.

The NFL is a league where you have to focus on the task ahead and nothing further.

Chicago (6-4) is tied for first place in the NFC North, while the Rams (4-6) are on the outside looking in after dropping three of their last four games.

The Rams lone home win came back in Week One against the Arizona Cardinals, 27-24, but their fresh off a bye week and have been playing better overall the past couple of weeks.

The young defense led by Chris Long and Alec Ogletree has looked good as of late under former Bears player now head coach Jeff Fisher. The secondary is still a vulnerable spot for the Rams defense, but like the Bears defense its a unit that thrives off of pressure from the line.

Plenty of talent will be on the field on Sunday including rookie wide receiver/kick returner Tavon Austin and running back Zac Stacy. The Bears have explosive players on offense, wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery and running back Matt Forte lead the way in that department.

The Bears defense came up with big stops against a struggling Joe Flacco a week ago. Can they force Kellen Clemens to make big mistakes?

We will find out.

Here are five Bears players you should watch on Sunday at the Edwards Jones Dome against the Rams.

Shea McClellin

The 24-year-old Boise State product was struggling this season until a big breakout performance in Week Nine, when he racked up three sacks including a sack that knocked Aaron Rodgers out of action for a while.  He had just a half-sack heading into that big Monday night matchup. He’s missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, but is on track to start this Sunday and his return couldn’t come at a better time. Julius Peppers and the kids David Bass and Cheta Ozougwu stepped up last week, but it doesn’t hurt to have another speedster off the edge. McClellin should have himself a nice game on the fast track in St. Louis.

Corey Wootton

Although he only has two sacks on the season, he has been playing very well adjusting to a new position at defensive tackle. With Stephen Paea injured once again, Wootton will have to serve as the main defensive tackle next to rotational guys Landon Cohen and Christian Tupou. Wootton has to be that force in the middle especially since the Rams carry a very impressive back in Stacy. This is a big test for a Bears defense that is struggling against the run. Wootton has to make plays consistently if the Bears want to force the Rams to punt.

Martellus Bennett

The 26-year-old Texas A&M product was in on 59 of 62 offensive snaps a week ago, but it wasn’t until overtime where he made his biggest impact. A 43-yard snag set the Bears up in Ravens territory and sealed the victory for Chicago. On the season, Black Unicorn has reeled in 42 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns. However, he has combined for only 12 receptions over his last three games being held to under 50 yards receiving in the process. He needs a big game for the Bears to open things up in the middle of the field. Maybe “Ben Stiller and a mixture of Jesus” Josh McCown can deliver strikes to Bennett consistently on Sunday.

James Anderson

Although he was credited with eight tackles a week ago against Baltimore, I thought Anderson really struggled. He was consistently in the wrong spot and was very easy to block out of the play. He needs to step up as rookie Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene are still adjusting to life in the NFL. This is a big week for Anderson who will be covering tight Jared Cook a ton and will be asked to ease the pain of Stacy out of the backfield.

Zackary Bowman

The 29-year-old Nebraska product made his second start of the season, racking up nine tackles on the day. He had two key horse collar penalties that really hurt the Bears defense. He has to be smarter and make better decisions along the sidelines. He was in the right position in the pass game, but in the run game he wasn’t a great asset. He needs to help out as well because the Rams will pounding the ball way more than they pass, that was proven two weeks ago when Kellen Clemens only attempted 16 passes in a win over the Colts. This is a huge game for Bowman.

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