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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.

The 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. 

The 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. 

Bottom 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.

Advantage: Colts

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11/05/2000

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where: Soldier Field
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