Chicago Bears: Ranking the Importance of each Matchup

By Dominique Blanton
Chris Long and Robert Quinn

In Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, we rank the importance of each of the eight match-ups listed for the Chicago Bears.


8. Shea McClellin/Corey Wootton vs. Barry Richardson

If Julius Peppers and Henry Melton are winning their match-ups consistently, pressure from the Left Defensive End position would be an added bonus. McClellin and Wootton have both played well the first two games of the season. They both have displayed great burst off the ball and pure athleticism getting to the QB.

It will be tough for young guys like McClellin and Wootton to get consistent pressure on a savvy veteran like Richardson. If they can, the defense overall should have a solid day

7. Stephen Paea vs. Robert Turner and Quinn Ojinnaka

Paea has quietly been having a solid season. His combination of power and quickness has been enough to occupy two interior linemen; allowing Melton to work one-on-one against opposing RG’s. He has a favorable match-up against Center Turner and Left Guard Ojinnaka.

Turner is filling in for the injured Scott Wells who is lost for the season, while Ojinnaka is a weak spot at the LG position. Paea has to be able to continue attracting double teams in order for the three technique tackle to be effective.

6. Melton vs. Harvey Dahl

If Paea is commanding double teams, that leaves Melton one-on-one with the veteran Dahl. Melton has gotten off to a fast start, leading the team in sacks with three. He has to continue being consistent against Dahl who while strength is as a run blocker, is no slouch as a pass protector.

If Melton and Paea are causing havoc in the middle, it makes life easier for the outside pass rushers to do their jobs.

5. Charles Tillman/D.J. Moore vs. Danny Amendola

You got to figure Tillman will draw the match-up against the team’s best possession WR Amendola. Amendola is not going to beat you deep with his speed, but he’s an effective possession WR who can move the chains and keep drives alive.

Because he’s not a deep threat, Tillman could get physical with him up at the line of scrimmage and re-route him. Moore can also do the same when they feature him in the slot, and take chances making plays on the football.

4. Julius Peppers vs. Wayne Hunter

The Bears have an obvious favorable match-up with Peppers against Left Tackle Hunter. The Rams more than likely will send help to his side from a Running Back or Tight End, which takes away a weapon for Sam Bradford to go to.

Wootton could see a good amount of snaps at Right DE in order for Peppers to avoid double teams. If the opportunity presents itself and they leave Hunter one-on-one against Peppers, Peppers have to take advantage of the match-up.

3. Brandon Marshall vs. Cortland Finnegan

The Rams will probably give Finnegan an opportunity to match-up against Marshall one on one. If that is the case, Marshall has to take advantage of that. The Bears can’t afford for Marshall to be held to only two catches again if they want to win, so Marshall has to do his part in order for the offense to bounce back.

Marshall also can’t get off his game against a CB that will try to get under his skin at certain parts of the game.

2. Gabe Carimi vs. Chris Long

Carimi draws the match-up against the team’s best pass rusher in Long. Carimi has been a mix bag so far this season, with him looking decent against the Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis, but struggle some against Green Bay Packers Eric Waldon.

Long has yet to record a sack this season, but he does has eight QB pressures and four QB hits this season. Carimi will have his hands full all Sunday afternoon.

1. J’Marcus Webb vs. Robert Quinn

Webb against just about any edge rusher will more than likely be the number one important match-up everytime. Quinn has recorded two sacks on the season along with 2 QB hits, and after looking at the tape from last week of Webb, he has a great chance to add on to those stats.

The Bears fans better hope that the sideline ass chewing from Cutler has motivated Webb to show up in this game with a much better performance. If not, it could be another long week for Bears fans.


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