Colts' Defense vs Bears' Offense
It is a pleasant
change to heap praise instead of scorn upon the defense this week. Put
simply, the Colts defense won the game last week versus Detroit. The
injury bitten unit pitched a shut out in the first half. And even when
the Colts' offense seemed hell bent on giving the game away with four
second half turnovers, the defense came through with three second half
turnovers of their own. David Macklin's interception of Charlie Batch
in the last 3 minutes of the game sealed the victory when it looked as
though the Colts were about to collapse.
defense applied consistent and relentless pressure to the quarterback
all game long, including a sack resulting in a first half safety. With
the exception of one long drive, the did an adequate job containing
Lions RB James Stewart. And perhaps most importantly, they continued
their trend of forcing opponents to settle for field goals in the red
zone instead of touchdowns.
Bears offense will look to find a new rhythm with QB Jim Miller at the
helm. He will have had two weeks to prepare, but its been almost a
year since his last start. The Bears have a deep threat receiver in
Marcus Robinson, but their passing offense is averaging less than 200
yards per game. Robinson himself has only 4 TDs, the highest total on
the team. The less than stellar passing numbers are due in large part
to the fact that they lack any consistent running game. James Allen
has replaced the ineffective Curtis Enis, but little overall change
has resulted. No gains on the ground result in third down and long and
allow defenses to apply extra pressure to the passer.
line, if the Colts can force the Bears into obvious passing situations
by stopping the run, they will have a good chance of preventing
sustained drives by the Bears. Look for the defensive line to
continue its onslaught, providing pressure, and for the secondary to
have several opportunities to grab an interception or two.
where: Soldier Field
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