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, at home, a rookie quarterback, on the road. If the Bears want to be the team that fans are expecting them to be, that they can and should be, then they should take care of business Sunday.However, things are never that simple, especially when it comes to the Bears, right?The New York Jets appear to be a rudderless, banged up team with a struggling rookie quarterback and missing key players. But the Bears also couldn’t beat Brock Osweiler on the road two weeks ago and a defense that had 18 sacks and was giving up barely a couple touchdowns a game suddenly has surrendered 69 points in their last two games.This is a different opponent, a different week, but will the results be the same infuriating thing we’ve seen the last two weeks or a return to what we want form to be?New York JetsSB Nation site: Gang Green NationGame Day/Time/TV: Sunday, noon CST, CBSRecord: 3-4Last week: 37-17 loss to the Vikings at MetLifeBears all-time record against: 8-3Historical match ups: There isn’t a lot of history between these teams, such is the way it is when neither team has a ton of recent playoff experience and the two conferences never really played each other before realignment.So let’s look at the 2006 game, which was a week 11 meeting.The 0-0 halftime tie was broken by a Robbie Gould field goal in the third quarter and then a 57-yard Rex Grossman to Mark Bradley at the start of the fourth was enough to seal a 10-0 shutout.Chad Pennington threw interceptions to Nathan Vasher and Brian Urlacher.Last meeting: A 27-19 week 3 victory in 2014.The Bears jumped out early to a 7-0 lead on a Ryan Mundy pick six off Geno Smith on the second play of the game. Alshon Jeffery had 105 yards and Martellus Bennett caught two touchdowns.The Bears moved to 2-1 on the season and all appeared to be headed in the right direction.Offense: The Jets come into this game ranked 26th in yards and 13th in points.Their passing offense ranks 27th in yards while their rushing game is 12th.No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold (56.1 completion percentage/1,552 yds./10 TD/10 INT) is struggling as rookies often do. His 10 INTs lead the league.In his last three games he has six TDs and five INTs. His best receivers are Quincy Enunwa (22 rec./287 yds./1 TD), who is injured, Robby Anderson (17/314/3), Jermaine Kearse (16/165/0) and Terrelle Pryor (14/235/2).Other receivers of note include TE Christopher Herndon (11/145/2).The Jets receiving back, Bilal Powell (11/110/1 receiving, 80 att./343 yds./0) went on I.R. this week, leaving leading rusher Isaiah Crowell (81/459/5) as the main running back.One-time Bears QB coach Jeremy Bates is calling the plays.Defense: The Jets defense ranks 20th in yards allowed and 17th in points allowed.They are 21st against the pass and 14th against the run.Up front they have Leonard Williams (3 sacks/6 TFL/10 QB hits) and Henry Anderson (2.5 sacks/3 TFL/4 QB hits). LBs Jordan Jenkins (2.5 sacks/6 QB hits) Marcus Cooper Jersey
, Brandon Copeland (2 sacks/5 TFL/8 QB hits) and Avery Williamson (2 sacks/4 TFL/3 QB hits) are lurking too.In the secondary is Morris Claiborne (2 INTs/9 PDs/2 TFL) playing very well, along with Trumaine Johnson, who is injured, (1 INT/2 PDs) and playmaker Jamal Adams (1 INT/6 PDs/2 FF/6 TFL). LB Darron Lee (3 INT/5 PD/2 TFL) is also making plays.This is another unit that is going to show Mitch Trubisky a lot of exotic and disguised fronts to throw him off. They have some corners who can play man well and Trubisky has struggled against man coverage.The Jets have had some struggles but there are some playmakers on the defense, especially in the secondary.Injury report: The Jets had 14 players on their Wednesday injury report.Limited: S Marcus Maye (thumb), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (foot), CB Buster Skrine (concussion)Did not participate: WR Robby Anderson (ankle), T Kelvin Beachum (back), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder/foot), WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle), CB Trumaine Johnson (quad), LB Darron Lee (illness), C Spencer Long (knee/finger)Full participation: G James Carpenter (shoulder/ankle), RB Isaiah Crowell (foot), WR Andre Roberts (foot/ankle), DL Leonard Williams (back)Key match ups: The Jets are very banged up but assuming that at least Claiborne can go, it will be interesting to see how he matches up against Taylor Gabriel (unless Allen Robinson plays and Claiborne flips sides to cover him with Johnson possibly out).How the Bears run defense stacks up against Crowell will be interesting too. Crowell absolutely gashed the Broncos a couple of weeks ago for 219 yards and he put up 102 in week one against the Lions. The pass rush should have some opportunities against the Jets, who have allowed 16 sacks, but can the Bears generate a pass rush if Khalil Mack is still hampered by his ankle injury?What to watch for: Will the Bears finally get back on track after two struggling weeks? If there was a match up that favored Vic Fangio and the defense to get their game straightened out after two bad games, this is it. The Jets can put up points and with the way the Bears have been gashed by James White and Frank Gore, Crowell could make it a long day.That said though, the secondary will have some chances https://www.thebearsfanshop.com/Kyle-Fuller-Jersey
, especially if Akiem Hicks can get back on track and maybe Leonard Floyd shows up?This is another test for Mitch Trubisky to play soundly and take care of the football because Jamal Adams will be lurking back there waiting for an errant throw into double coverage.Key stats: The Jets have allowed 71 points the last two weeks, the Bears have allowed 69.The Jets have the third most turnovers in the league with 16, the Bears are second in the league in takeaways with 17. The Jets defense is just behind the Bears, with 15.The Bears have the league’s fourth best third down conversion rate on offense at 46.8 percent. The Jets rank 28th at 34.4 percent.Prediction: This game favors the Bears and in Vegas the spread is up to 7.5 in some places. I think that the Bears can cover this game, but that it might end up being closer than fans would like. My pick is Bears 28, Jets 17. To see my pick on the total click here to see my piece on Sports Bet Collective. My pick is free when you create an account.Do you think the Bears can get back in the win column this weekend? The Bears’ five game winning streak came to a crash Sunday, and if not for the result, I think most fans would say that it was an exciting finish.Chicago’s fight back from down by 10 to tie the game, all inside of the two minute warning, was when the NFL is at it’s best. I had the thought for a second of, ‘Man, this is exciting and fun,’ but then I also went right back to, ‘Man, I hope the Bears win,’ as my wife grabbed my arm and said, ‘I’m scared!’When the Bears hiked it with :03 on the clock, and I saw Tarik Cohen and Trey Burton on the move, and then the toss, and Cohen looked to pass, on was on the edge of my seat. It was ballsy to call that as your final play.But it worked.Overall, there were plenty of good and bad players to choose from for this week Bryce Callahan Color Rush Jersey
, so let’s get to it.Stock upTarik Cohen, RB - There were some complaints that I left him off the list last week, so I can’t snub the dude two weeks in a row. Cohen had 187 total offensive yards (30 rush, 156 receiving and 1 passing). His 12 receptions led the team and he destroyed New York all afternoon.Jordan Howard, RB - Howard finally had himself a strong outing, although it all came in the first half. One of the complaints that could be made was how few carries he received in the second half, but that was through no fault of his own. Howard had 76 yards rushing and added four receiving yards for an even 80 on the day.Kyle Fuller, CB - Fuller has had himself probably his best professional season and I think that he really held his own against Odell Beckham Sunday. Fuller was credited with 2 tackles, three passes defended and his interception.Stock downChase Daniel, QB - A week after earning himself a stock up spot, he comes back down. Four fumbles (though none lost), two interceptions and just a lot of plays left on the field, led to this spot. Daniel is certainly a capable back up, but this game shows why he’s best fit as a No. 2.Taylor Gabriel, WR - Gabriel had his worst game as a Bear Sunday. He was targeted seven times and caught just three passes for 17 yards and lost a fumble. Gabriel has both been a focus of defenses, but also just hasn’t seemed to be able to get on the same page with Daniel.Trey Burton, TE - Burton and Gabriel will probably both be looking forward to getting Mitchell Trubisky back under center. Burton wasn’t as bad as he was in Detroit, but he had no catches and just one target.Who stood out (other than Hicks and Mack, who were outstanding as always) and who didn’t?