Bears and Jets Ready to Clash On MNF

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When the Bears and New York Jets take the field today at the Meadowlands, it’s a battle between two teams that clearly are as different as different could be.

The two clubs comes into the final matchup of week three at 1-1, and Chicago is off to a start that not many saw coming – as a team that can’t seem to get the run game going with Matt Forte, and instead are relying on the arm of Jay Cutler and the receiving of Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall.

“We need to run the ball,” Bears guard Kyle Long said last week. “I know we got the win on the road, and it was big. I’m sure everybody else in our room will echo that. So will Matt. You need to run the ball in the National Football League, and we’ll be better at that.”

The problem for that Bears run game is they are gong up against another very good defensive line, their third is three weeks. The Jets are 5th in the league in allowing yards per carry, and with Forte putting up just 2.8 yards per carry, it may again be up to Cutler to win the game for Chicago.

The Jets are a slight favorite tonight according to William hill and they are coming off a week one win over the Raiders, followed by a week two loss vs the Packers, in a game which they allowed 209 yards to Packers WR Jordy Nelson, which bodes well for Marshall and Jeffery.

Another thing in favor of the Bears is with top Jets cornerback Dee Milliner dealing with a quad injury that took him off the practice field late in the week. If he isn’t able to go, look for Cutler to try to pick apart the Jets pieced together secondary.

If the Bears can make sure they keep quarterback Jay Cutler upright from the blitzes that Jets coach Rex Ryan likes to use, it could be a big night for the Chicago offense.

When a team calls blitzes as much as the Jets do, there are opportunities for big plays to be made over the middle of the field.

“The thing that the Jets do is they’ll show it and then they’ll drop people out,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said. “They’ll show it and bring it. They’ll show it and play different kind of coverages behind it. So they’re very, very good at mixing it up and not tipping what they’re going to do prior to the snap. There’s always going to be big-play ability when you leave the middle of the field open.”

It’s always good to play on prime-time, and tonight look for the Bears to use their two top WR’s as the feature act as week three wraps up in the NFL.

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