The Chicago Bears flexed their muscle, put the D in defense and dominated Big D (try saying that fast three times).
The Bears proved on Monday night that their defense is here to stay and served notices to all offenses in the NFL.
They forced Tony Romo into throwing five interceptions and held explosive running back DeMarco Murray to only 24 yards rushing.
To be blunt, Jacksonville is terrible! I’m not sure if they will win three games this year.
Blaine Gabbert has not figured it out yet as a quarterback and Maurice Jones-Drew can only do so much.
He should request a trade immediately. Here are my predictions.
Bold Prediction No. 1: Bears D will DOMINATE!
Nobody runs on the Chicago Bears! Nobody!
They are third in the NFL, only surrendering 67 yards per game. They held Steven Jackson to 29 yards rushing and DeMarco Murray to 24 yards. Can MJD penetrate that defensive front seven?
The answer is no.
The Bears lead the NFL in takeaways. They really get after the ball and force turnovers. Jacksonville lacks offensive weapons that will keep the Bears honest, so look for Lovie Smith’s crew to really get after Blaine Gabbert and make him throw the ball.
Once the Bears stuff the run and contain MJD, Gabbert will be forced to air it out which plays into the Bears strength.
Bears Defensive Stats Breakdown: 2 forced fumbles, 6 sacks, 3 interceptions, 205 total yards surrendered.
Bold Prediction No. 2: Brandon Marshall will have another breakout game.
You knew it was only a matter of time before Brando Marshall proved that he is one of the top wide receivers in the game? Marshall has 23 catches on the year with two touchdowns, but look for him to catch fire this week.
Against Dallas in prime time, he had seven catches for 138 yards with one score. If Chicago is going to contend with Atlanta and San Francisco, Marshall is going to have to step his game up.
Until Matt Forte can get going on the ground, it will be up to Cutler and Marshall to keep the chains moving for the offense. Marshall stat line: 11 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Bold Prediction No. 3: This game won’t be close.
Chicago has an opportunity to stay atop in the NFC and they need this win on the road. They cannot get caught looking ahead to next week’s showdown against Detroit and allow Jacksonville to sneak out a victory.
The defense must continue to play at a high level and the offensive passing game must get sharper. Jacksonville is just looking to survive as they will be without their top free agent acquisition Laurent Robinson who suffered his third concussion of the year.
Jones-Drew can’t do it alone, so somebody from the Jaguars must step up. Who will it be? Not sure, but the Bears roll.
Final score: Chicago 31 Jacksonville 3