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Bears D still No. 1 against the run

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The Bears offense is ranked 11th out of 32 NFL teams in total yards, fifth in passing, 29th in rushing and 13th in scoring.

Defensively, the Bears are first in rushing, allowing opponents only 2.1 yards per rush. They are 15th in yards allowed, 10th in points allowed, 28th in passing and 29th in sacks.

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Chicago's defense is basically making teams beat them through the air, and so far this season, Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers, two of the leagues better passers, couldn't. The thing is, its gonna become more diffcult to beat Chicago's defense through the air alone once the weather starts getting bad, Chicago's defense could be on their way to being one of the leagues elite units.

All Chicago defense needs is for someone else, other than Julius Peppers, to step up on their front four. With Julius Peppers picking up the double team, someone else needs to start getting off their blocks with more consistency, this would set Chicago's defense over the top. I was hoping that player would be Tommie Harris, but who knows whats up with him now? You got Mark Anderson, Idonije, Toeaina, Harrison or maybe Melton, who seems to be able to get up field, one of these guys steps up, and this defense could be special GO BEARS!!

The Bears are doing a very good job of stopping the run, but who needs to run when it's so easy to pass? The pass rush made good improvement this week, but third and long is still way too easy and receivers are way too open. Bending and not breaking may work now, but in six more weeks when players are banged up and tired, it's going to take its toll. Something in the scheme has to change so they can get off the field on third down. How many times do we need to see the linebackers at the line of scrimmage only to leave the middle open for an easy 8 yard slant? Figure it out Lovie!

But bitching aside, Aaron Rodgers was/is awesome. Not many players can do what he did last night. So maybe it was Rodgers playing great more than it was the Bears D playing bad on third down. Here's to hoping that the pass rush continues to improve and that they figure out how to cover people.

"Chicago's defense is basically making teams beat them through the air, and so far this season, Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers, two of the leagues better passers, couldn't. The thing is, its gonna become more diffcult to beat Chicago's defense through the air alone once the weather starts getting bad, Chicago's defense could be on their way to being one of the leagues elite units."

That's very intresting Kevin. Very true too it does become much harder to pass in bad weather. So your saying other teams will have to try and run more and that this will play into the Bears hands, right.

What about the Bears running game though? A lot of empty backfield for the Bears in the second half. Will they suddenly become good at running when it gets cold. Now Kevin before you get upset I am not making fun of what you said, just pointing out that it works both ways. If other teams are forced to run because of the weather so are the Bears.

"Defensively, the Bears are first in rushing, allowing opponents only 2.1 yards per game."

2.1 yards per game?!? I wish!

It's far too early to write off the Bears running game.

I wish someone would look into this fact, but the Bears running game in 2006 was pretty pathetic over the first three games as well. I think it averaged around 3.0 yards per carry. And they made a much greater attempt to run the ball.

The offense is still a work in progress.

I see the Dick Jauron 13-3 Bears all over again. Smoke and mirrors, with a dash of luck, is a formula a few teams cook with every year, and this year might be no different. Our offensive line will not improve much, if any. That leaves a one trick pony to make it through a fairly tough schedule. Considering our lack of a running game, I'm impressed the defensive has done as well as it has, considering the T.O.P differential.

One major difference is our adjustments. The Bears are calling themselves a second half team as of late; well they have a defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and O-line coach to thank for that phrase.

I'd like to see a few more middle screens and slants on first down and goal though. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, or an optimist, to see the goal line running game fairing no better than the last 5 years!!!

I'd throw the ball 50 times every time I played the Bears if I were the opposing OC. Our corners are weak, at best, our LB's drop the length of the field to accomidate this weakness, leaving ten yard gains to a back out of the backfield, pretty much a given. Add the Cover-2 and lack of pass rush to the mix and 'HELLO'; I'll pass!

look, the Bears do what every NFL team attempts: make teams one dimensional. If teams abandon the run like they've had to so far it allows the defense to concentrate on coverage and pass rush, leading to more incompletions or interceptions.

And yes, crieghton, the same is true for defensive planning against us. As far as our run game, if you look at the first quarter Forte actually did pretty well moving the ball... at least enough for the Packers to pay attention to it long enough for us to get our first touchdown at the end of the half.

We also seem to hand off the ball less than any team in the league. Maybe Lovie's just conceded our obvious weakness running up the middle. I know its necessary, but I was also the loudest whiner last year when all Turner did was waste downs running the ball into DTs.

As much as I hate relying on the passing game, consider the fact that screens are just variations of the running game that give Forte/Taylor the ball out of the pocket. Really, its a way to give your back the ball while A)making the most of their unique receiving skills and acceleration and B) avoid relying the biggest weakness of your team, the interior line.

So I wouldn't expect the numbers to change, but that doesn't mean we aren't getting it done on the ground. Look at week 1 for instance. Pretend Forte's 89 yard screen coutned for rushing yards and all of the sudden Forte is at the top of the rushing categories, and Cutler is no longer tops in passing. Go figure.

I just reread the Kevin comment and Creighton's response to it. Is this a new Creigton who has found the benefits of prozac? You were gentle and cociliatory, Creighton. Actually, you were absolutely right as well.I agree that the running game looks pretty dismal to this point and is likely to become even tougher to fix as the weather acts up, for both teams.Screen passes really are almost a running play, and at least they have been pretty good for the Bears. I still want to see the offensive line opening big holes to take advantage of the Bears' solid running back tandum. Let's hope Tice is a great teacher.

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