Five Keys to Victory for the Chicago Bears vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Chicago Bears are one of the league's hottest teams at the moment. With a decisive victory last Monday night over the Dallas Cowboys, the 3-1 Bears are looking to carry the moment on Sunday into Jacksonville against the Jaguars.
The Jaguars are 1-3 and really aren't expected to contend this season. Rumors always swirl around the Jags that a move is the the franchise's future, but they remain in the Sunshine State. The Jaguars have a new head coach this season in Mike Mularkey. Mularkey was previously a head coach for the Buffalo Bills and a coordinator for various teams. His last stop before taking the Jags gig was as offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. He has a talented running back in Maurice Jones-Drew and a young quarterback in Blaine Gabbert that really hasn't shown much since being drafted in the first-round last season. Defensively, nothing really stands out for the Jungle Cats. The Bears grade much higher than the Jags in all facets of the game, and therefore should win. The line on this game is 5.5 in favor of the Bears, which seems about right considering it is still a road contest with an AFC South opponent the Bears only see once every four years. I see this final score of this game being Bears 35 Jags 10. In the following five slides, here are my keys to victory. I'd love to hear what you think. Hit me up on Twitter @ChicagoBearJew and hashtag #RML.
Let's call J'Marcus Webb Dr. J'Marcus & Mr. Webb for his inconsistent play week in and week out. Webb played a solid game last week against the Cowpokes, so hopefully he can carry that over to this week and the rest of the season. Webb took a beating in the media (and by his starting quarterback) for his performance against the Green Bay Packers, but Webb has shown signs that he can play on this level. It just needs to be consistent
Stephen Paea is another one of the Bears that is playing quite well this season. When the Bears moved up in the draft to take Paea last season, it was because of his strength and effort. We are finally seeing the tire to the pavement with the former Oregon State Beaver. Considering Jones-Drew is one of the league's premier backs, it is important that Paea and company control the line of scrimmage. So far, he's been one of the league's more underrated nose tackles, so let's hope he continues that this week and plugs up the middle.
If I told you that a Bear would be NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September back in July, Tim Jennings would have probably not have been your top choice. But Jennings was given the honor yesterday and it is well earned. Through the first month of the season, he is one of the league's premier cornerbacks. And yet, teams continue to throw the ball his direction. Let's hope this all isn't getting to his head and he continues to work hard and compete.
The Bears pride themselves on special teams, and this is the one area where inferior teams can often catch you off-guard. While the Jags don't have any players that stand out, the Bears just need to focus and avoid a bad moment. We all know what happened against he Packers, let's hope that was the exception and not the rule.
Matt Forte & Jay Cutler
For Pete's Sake, run the football. The Bears need to come off the bus running. Using Matt Forte and Michael Bush to set up the pass works. When the Bears come out throwing the ball, bad things happen. I am begging the Bears to run, and us fans will be assured a victory. Just remember what the legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes (or former Texas Longhorns Head Coach Darrell Royal depending on who you ask)...Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad. Let's hope the Bears understand this message as well.