3-0 vs 0-3. A few plays make the difference of the Bears starting winless or undefeated.
Think of the locker room morale. The Jets are currently 0-4. They feel hopeless and know their season is just a season to get a top draft pick.
That could have been the Bears. But, they are 3-0. They are hype. They are thinking of the playoffs, thinking of staying undefeated.
If not for those few plays, the few decisions.
In week 1, it was a Kyle Fuller interception and a D'Andre Swift dropped catch.
In week 2, it was Daniel Jones missing his receiver in the endzone for the game-winning touchdown.
In week 3, it was head coach Matt Nagy putting in Nick Foles to lead the comeback against the Falcons.
The Bears have momentum and that is very good for this team. It is especially good for Nick Foles. When Foles is hot we know what he can do. He can lead his team to the Super Bowl.
Standing at 6 foot 6 it makes sense why they call him Big Dick Nick. Foles steps up in big moments and makes plays. He has done it in the Super Bowl and he will do it for the Bears.
With Tarik Cohen out for the season, we can expect to see a lot more of the skilled Corderalle Patterson. Patterson is regarded as one of the best kick returners in the league and made First-Team All-Pro in 2019. Patterson has seen 15 carries for an average of 3.8 yards per carry. And although Montgomery will get a majority of the carries, Patterson will presume the role of Tarik Cohen and be in the backfield for pass plays as his initial position is wide receiver.
As with Mitchell Trubisky, Allen Robinson looks to be Nick Foles' favorite target. Against the Falcons, Robinson recorded 10 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
The Bears also look to be utilizing Jimmy Graham more. Graham is a big target and is great for one on one coverage.
Trubisky has had a lot of inconsistency with the deep ball. That is an area in which Foles can come in and excel. Often those deep balls can make or break a game.
As much as I love Trubisky, you can't see the Bears making a real run in the playoffs with him at quarterback. However, it doesn't mean he won't play for the rest of the season.
Foles will likely get injured at some point in the season. This will be a perfect opportunity for Trubisky to come in. Coaches have said that Trubisky's confidence level is a big part of his failure on the field. His whole career Tribusky has dealt with critics. Nearly every team had Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson ranked ahead of Trubisky in the draft. Yet GM Ryan Pace had his mind set on Trubisky.
If you follow the Bears, you know their defense is elite. Khalil Mack, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, and Akiem Hicks, and free agent Robert Quinn help make the defense the best part of the Bears.
This season, Akiem Hicks has stepped up big time. Hicks has recorded 3.5 sacks, which ranks second in the league. Though, it may be tough for the Bears pass rush to get any hits on Philip Rivers on Sunday, as they are versing an incredibly tough offensive line, lead by right guard Quentin Nelson. The Colts offensive line has only let up 3 sacks in the season, which ranks third in the league.
The Colts' defense has looked great. They rank 1st in yards allowed and 3rd in turnovers. But, this is a fluke.
The Colts have versed three of the worst offensive teams in the league.
The Vikings, Jets, and Jaguars all rank in the bottom 12 in total offensive yards. Not to mention that Kirk Cousins leads the league in interceptions, Sam Darnold is in the bottom 5, and Gardner Minshew is in the bottom 12.
The Colts have not proved anything and will have the toughest battle yet against a very underrated Bears team.
I believe, there is too much momentum for the Bears to lose this game.
The Bears are in a very good spot for this season. If they beat the Colts they will be 4-0. And that is a great place to be because over 80% of 4-0 teams make the playoffs.