We got a game today.
Today, the Chiefs will play the Bears at 3;25 pm CT on Fox. Be sure to join our show at 3 pm CT on the Pro Sports Fans App. Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will take the hot and cold youngster Justin Fields and the struggling Chicago Bears. Last time the Chiefs played the Bears was in Chicago in 2019 with Mahomes throwing for two touchdowns and running for another score, and the Chiefs beat the Bears 26-3 that Sunday night. With that in mind, Here are the 3 important ways that the Chiefs can defeat their visitors on today.
1. Take advantage of the young secondary of the Bears:
The Bears starting secondary consists of rookie cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, second-year safety Jaquan Brisker, fourth-year cornerback Jaylon Johnson, and veteran Eddie Jackson. Jackson’s great safety play this season is sometimes overlooked, but he has often has to step up for the Bears due to the youth among the rest of their secondary. They are all solid players considering the circumstances, but with an 0-2 start have shown at times to make youthful or rookie mistakes which can result in a lot of big plays. The Chiefs with Mahomes throwing to Skyy Moore along with the dangerous deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling to go along with the young, emerging rookie Rashee Rice. After a shaky start, the Chiefs must get their wide receiver room to know their assignments. Against a talented but sometimes mistake-prone secondary without Kyler Gordon, the Chiefs will need to exploit that potential advantage.
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2. Make it hard for the Bears offense at the line of scrimmage:
The Bears base inside zone game can be slowed down by the Chiefs’ front seven, but Steve Spagnuolo and his crew will have some wrinkles, like they did against the Detroit Lions to attack the poor key and diagnose skills and run fits of the ILB core, getting Khalil Herbert out into space. The Chiefs will also need to tighten up their short and intermediate coverages, especially against crossing routes and concepts off bootlegs with Nick Bolton being out today, as Chicago can use these well (Nagy coached up Fields) and the Chiefs have not been consistent in defending them but recent they’ve done as a unit. QBs who extend plays inside or outside the pocket will try to put stress on the corners for the Chiefs as the rush is not consistently getting to the ball quickly. This can be a big issue against Fields. If the Chiefs can continue to be more aggressive than they usually are with how many players they have at the line of scrimmage and use a lot of pressure schemes, they will have a better chance of slowing Herbert and Fields down.
Another bad sack taken by Justin Fields🤦♂️
People don’t realize these count as pressures still.. pic.twitter.com/9Jk86DJJz6
— The GOAT House (@GoatHouseNFL) September 17, 2023
3. Use Joshua Williams with safety help as primary coverage against D.J. Moore:
While Williams struggled to begin his rookie campaign in 2022, he has turned into one of the Chiefs’ reliable defensive players. Since Week 15 (including playoffs) of 2022 to Week 3 in 2023, opposing quarterbacks have a 30.5 passer rating when targeting the cornerback, according to PFF. While Williams has settled into his CB3 role for the Chiefs, he performed extremely well against Tee Higgins in the AFC Championship game. With the help of either Bryan Cook or Mike Edwards in dime packages, Williams should fare decently at the very least against the Bears new star wide receiver DJ Moore. It is by no means an easy task, but Williams has proved capable, clearing the way for Sneed and McDuffie to have favorable match-ups against Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney.
Who is ready for Year 2 of Joshua Williams? pic.twitter.com/3koCKVr9Qb
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