3-Week Stretch Recap
The Chicago Bears currently sit at 3rd in the NFC North with a 2-1 record. The reasoning for this “miracle” some may describe it as is the success in running the football very effectively. Let’s break this down.
The Running Attack
The Chicago Bears are currently 2nd in the NFL for rush yards per game and 3rd in total rushing touchdowns. The reason for this success? The main factor has been that Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is attracted to 1950’s football and operates a run-heavy offense with very limited passing.
Another Factor is runs per carry have been good. David Montgomery produced 122 yards on only 15 carries against Green Bay in week 2. Then with Khalil Herbert stepping up after David Montgomery went down in the first quarter of the week 3 date against Houston by dialing up 157 rushing yards on 20 carries with 2 touchdowns. Also, Keep in mind The Bears have a mobile quarterback in Fields who is also getting them more yards on the ground. However, that now leaves the struggles with slinging the football.
The Ariel Attack
The main factor has been due to the run heavy scheme you’d expect less passing well as we saw there was a record low of only 28 pass attempts in the first two games for any NFL team.
Another factor has been not the best quarterback play by Justin Fields coming off arguably the poorest game in his career. He currently has 2 passing touchdowns and 4 interceptions… yikes!
The final factor I believe is Luke Getsy not letting Fields throw the football as he hasn’t thrown for not even 20 times in a single game so far this season and the receivers not getting enough separation for Fields. He’s not going to be able to ever get in a rhythm if you limit his talents to 10+ passes a game so fix this Getsy.
In Conclusion, The Chicago Bears can be legit if Getsy lets Fields get in a rhythm especially with this new receiving core and o-line he needs to build chemistry with.