Back to back losses never help any cause in sports.
The Bears opened the season with a whirlwind of emotions losing a close game in Green Bay. After that, the Matt Nagy led group rattled off three straight wins over Seattle, Arizona and Tampa Bay.
Miami surprised them, winning in overtime two weeks ago and New England hung on after a hail mary to Kevin White fell one yard short of tying the game with no time left a week ago.
New England is a legitimate team who is firing on all cylinders despite the injuries to Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski. Miami has a journeyman quarterback who has failed more often than not in Brock Osweiler (just watch over his performance against Houston last night).
With that being said, the AFC East is not a strong division and that is who the Bears have played the last weeks and will play this week and next.
Starting with the New York Jets. They have a rookie quarterback Sam Darnold under center. He’s been up and down to say the least. He has little help at wide receiver with Quincy Enunwa out and Robby Anderson questionable, both with ankle injuries.
Jermaine Kearse, Andre Roberts and a cast of unknowns will go up against this Bears’ pass defense.
Tight end Chris Herndon has emerged with a touchdown the past two games and rookie running back Trenton Cannon has dangerous speed as a pass catcher.
Regardless, this is a must-win game for the Bears. AFC opponents don’t matter as much as NFC or even divisional opponents, but momentum wise this is huge.
Mitch Trubisky has been strong since the breakout six touchdown pass game against Tampa Bay. However, he has had moments of uneven play and sometimes stares down his passers and forces throws.
Trubisky has progressed plenty under Nagy and with Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen and Trey Burton all helping the cause this offense should move the ball. Allen Robinson (groin) is questionable which means we could see more of White after his first really important action of the season last week.
Jordan Howard needs to be utilized more, especially in a game like this. The Bears’ defense can stand to be on the field less and what better way to do that then to have Cohen and Howard mixing it up out of the backfield.
This is a very strong 3-3 team. There is a much different feel in Chicago than just a few a months ago. However, the Bears can’t just assume the Jets will be bad. This is the NFL and every week is different, there is a reason for that.
Look for a complete performance from the Bears, who need it in a worse way as Minnesota (4-2-1), Green Bay (3-2-1) and Detroit (3-3) are all starting to look better by the week in the NFC North.
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