Through the first three weeks of the season, the Chicago Bears defense was allowing a sturdy 75 yards per game on the ground. Then, Henry Melton tore his ACL, and the Bears have been historically bad at stopping opposing running backs ever since.
The Bears’ defense allowed a 33-year old Brandon Jacobs to rush for 106 yards on 22 carries. There was hope that they could solve the problem during their bye week, but it only got worse. During Weeks 9 through 14, the Bears allowed opposing running backs to gash them for an astounding 183 yards per game.
In walks LeSean McCoy and his 1,343 rushing yards through 14 games. Averaging 5.0 yards per rush, McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles‘ quick and athletic offensive line will likely hit the Bears with a heavy dose of zone-read runs. No team runs the zone-read better than the Eagles, and no team has more difficulty stopping the zone-read than the Bears.
More than anything, Chip Kelly’s offense is predicated on creating mismatches and exploiting them. Coming into their week 16 showdown, the Bears’ greatest weakness is glaring, and the Eagles will have no problem taking advantage of it. And with rain in Sunday’s forecast, the perfect storm for a record-breaking rushing performance is brewing.
McCoy will bring his inertia-defying open-field direction changes and full-speed spin moves to bear against a historically bad rush defense. Prepare to update the record books and pencil in the NFL’s first single-game 300-yard rusher.
The Bears have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL which means that Shady McCoy will have a field day and continue his already monster year. Eagles faithful can find great prices on Eagles tickets here.