This week’s Monday night game features two similar teams with dominating defenses and powerful rushing attacks as the Chicago Bears travel to Candlestick Park to face off against the San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco is ranked third in total defense in the league while Chicago is not far behind with the fifth overall defense. Along with similar defenses, both teams are ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards and in the bottom five in passing yards.
The 49ers will have to find a way to stop the powerful run combination of Matt Forte and Michael Bush while the Bears will be forced to challenge Frank Gore from getting up field.
Chicago will have a difficult time throwing the ball against the pass rush of San Francisco especially with starting quarterback Jay Cutler out with a concussion. Jason Campbell will be the starter for the Bears in his place.
San Francisco should have the advantage in the passing game with their starter Alex Smith in the game as long as the offensive line gives him enough time and if Smith keys off the secondary of the Bears.
The Bears have totaled 19 interceptions this season and will be looking to add to that total against Smith who has struggled at times this season.
Two teams that match up so evenly against each other will have to play smart football if they want to come away with a victory. The winner of this game will come down to fundamentals.
The little mistakes will cost a team the game when up against an opponent that is so similar to them which is what both Chicago and San Francisco will have to deal with this week.
If the 49ers want to win this game they will have to commit fewer penalties throughout the night and win the turnover margin. If they can do that, San Francisco should be able to step off the field Monday night with a win.