The Chicago Bears (5-7) will host the Washington Redskins (5-7) this Sunday in Soldier Field, where the home team has struggled. Both teams will be looking to stay relevant in the playoff hunt in this match up between NFC opponents.
Here are three ways the Bears to come out with their sixth win of the season.
1. End drives with touchdowns:
In last week’s loss to the 49ers the Bears only scored two rushing touchdowns and the rest field goals. The Bears need to capitalize on good starting field position and put the ball in the end zone. This is something that this Bears offense has struggled to do all season. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase needs to start the game out aggressive and get this offense in a good rhythm. Throughout the entire season this offense has stalled when reaching the red zone and with only four games left in the season the offense has to show it can get touchdowns and not settle for field goals.
2. Utilize the Passing Game:
It’s time to start passing the ball. The Bears did a great job last week running the ball but never established any kind of passing game. Jay Cutler and his receivers need to get in sync early. If Cutler gets wide receiver Eddie Royal back this will help in third down situations. The Redskins will try and stack the box when the Bears run so the receivers and Cutler need to be ready to make some plays. Play action should be a big part of the game for the Bears and could be a good opportunity to throw the deep ball to Alshon Jeffrey.
3. Finish game strong defensively:
The Bears defense in last week’s loss to the 49ers played well for three quarters, but had huge breakdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Bears defensive allowed two long touchdowns in critical moments to the 49ers. When the game is close which it most likely will, the Bears need to stay disciplined and stay on their assignments. Especially with a playmaker like Desean Jackson, who can score at any time when he has the ball in his hands.