It’s another game on Sunday Night Football for the Kansas City Chiefs. They finish up their interconference schedule by traveling to Chicago to face the Bears. This game features a few different storylines, where old friends will go to battle each other. Elsewhere, both the Chiefs and Bears are playing their hearts out defensively. With that in mind, let’s get things going with our Chiefs versus Bears game preview.
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Pat Vs Mitch
One matchup of friends facing each other, will involve the quarterbacks. Patrick Mahomes and Mitch Trubisky were both selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Plenty of jokes have been made about the Bears decision to make Trubisky the first quarterback taken. Earlier this week, he talked about how he knows the comparisons between him and Patrick “will never stop.”
Both players are certainly enjoying different starts to their respective careers. Also, both Mahomes and Trubisky cater to different styles of play. They can both be mobile, but each guy fits a certain mold. The results from this season have put the signal callers on different sides of the spectrum once again.
Despite being banged up, Mahomes has been the difference in a few different victories for the Chiefs. He played with his heart on his sleeve to down the Ravens. If not for his brilliance on the game winning drive, Kansas City would have been upset in Detroit. Meanwhile, the snow had no factor in slowing down Mahomes against the Broncos last week.
Trubisky has gone through plenty of trials and tribulations this year. From plenty of stalled drives, to hardly scoring any points, questions have arose for the North Carolina product. It won’t be any easier this week either. The Chiefs, like the Bears, have become a stout defense against the pass. The short to intermediate passes will have to be designed well. In order for Trubisky and Chicago to pull off the upset, he must be willing to take chances.
Reid Vs Nagy
Andy Reid has been one of the most respected NFL coaches for a long while. Thus, his coaching tree has grown into of the more diverse in the league. Guys like Sean McDermott, Doug Pederson and John Harbaugh have all enjoyed levels of success. This week, Reid will face another one of his former disciples. Matt Nagy, who is in his second campaign as Bears head coach, burst onto the scene last year. He led the team to their first playoff appearance in eight seasons.
However, this year has been more of a roller coaster. We mentioned how Trubisky has struggled. But, there has been more disappointing factors beyond that. The kicking game continues to be a running joke in the Windy City. Additionally, the offensive line has not always been near the best. That has led to a stagnant rushing attack.
It is a good bet to expect each coach to have some tricks up their sleeves. Furthermore, it seems more likely that Reid will try anything to give Nagy a nagging headache, rather than the other way around. Very rarely do former assistants totally surprise their mentors at the NFL level early on.
From the start, I would expect the Chiefs to force the Bears to beat the blitz. Kansas City’s defense has been rolling and that should continue in a positive matchup. Chicago’s offensive line has underwhelmed. That makes this a perfect time to introduce Terrell Suggs to the fold. Suggs currently has the most sacks of any active player in the league. We know how impactful Chris Jones and Frank Clark can be in this one as well. If Steve Spagnuolo and the Chiefs continue to fool opposing offenses, this could be a long night for the Bears offense.
Last week, the Chiefs finally figured out some things with the running back rotation. However, Damien Williams should be good to return this week. How will that change things? The majority of the carries very well could go back into the hands of Williams. Though, Darwin Thompson has showed how effective he can be with his speed and patience. Spencer Ware has been punishing as a pass protector, since returning to the team. Once again, it should be fascinating to see how the Chiefs use the RBs this week against the Bears.
Matchup To Watch: Chiefs Receivers Vs Bears Secondary
This Chicago Bears secondary has been stout. Yet, it seems like they are not meeting their ceiling. Prince Amukamara is banged up and may not play. Kyle Fuller, brother of Chiefs’ Kendall Fuller, is not playing at the level he has reached in past years. The speed is obviously the key to the Chiefs game plan against the Bears. Players like Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce all have the ability to embarrass the Bears. The key for Kansas City, will be to not underestimate this secondary. They can be feisty and play the ballhawk role very well.
If the Chiefs defeat the Bears, they would finish the regular season at 7-1 on the road. That would be their best road mark since 1966.
Six of the Bears seven losses have been by one score. They could be a tough out.
Chicago’s defense has the third best scoring defense in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have allowed an average of just 11.3 points per game over the last month.
We talked about the stingy Chiefs pass defense, going up against a disappointing Trubisky. This season, Trubisky has completed just 45 percent of passes beyond ten yards downfield.
That will wrap up our Chiefs vs Bears game preview. This should be an entertaining game under the lights. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.