As regular readers of this blog know, we don't usually post predictions until the Friday before a Sunday game. In the wake of the Patriots 45-3 drubbing of the Jets on Monday night, it seemed more fitting to begin the debate early.
Personally, I'm not ready to make a prediction until Friday. I need to digest all the news, notes, matchups and stats during the week before I'm ready to inch out on a limb.
I will post the usual prediction entry on Friday. This is such a high-profile matchup, however, that the debate should start early.
For example, as effective as Lovie Smith's cover-2 defense has been this season, and as ideally suited as it was to defending Michael Vick, who struggled scrambling around while trying to throw touch passes over Bears' linebackers and in front of the secondary, I don't think it will be as successful against Brady.
Brady isn't going to lose his patience and start forcing passes like other quarterbacks do, and he's accurate enough to consistently find holes in the cover-2.
He's going to take what the defense gives him and methodically move his team down the field.
Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead will test the Bears' defensive team speed, as well. Those two players rely on quick cuts, which could be a factor on the turf at Soldier Field.
The Bears' offense is really going to have to play well in this one.
Anyway, those are just a few of my first impressions about Sunday's game. Feel free to share yours here. I'm going to hold my prediction until later in the week, as usual. Feel free to do the same.