Things You Need to Know Before You #BearDown on Sunday

Following brutal back-to-back losses to our arch-nemesis, tadalafil the Green Bay Packers and then the Carolina Panthers, tadalafil the Chicago Bears (2-3) will try to salvage a poor start to the season when they head to ATL to take on the Falcons.  

If you missed last week, here’s the quickest recap known to mankind. Last Sunday, the Bears blew the game by turning over the football on back-to-back series of plays in the fourth quarter, literally giving away the game to Carolina Panthers.  Holy headache.

Now let’s look ahead to Sunday.  Here’s some takeaways you need to know pre-kick-off:

This Sunday will mark the 26th meeting between the Bears and the Falcons. The Bears won the last meeting in 2011 at Soldier Field and they also hold the series record over the Falcons, 13 to 12. Atlanta also has the same record (2-3) going into this game.

Matty Ice

Quarterback of the Falcons, Matt Ryan

So what’s Chicago’s strategy against the Falcons?  Luckily Chicago faces a team that doesn’t have a strong defense (so hopefully we’ll see more Cutty to Marshall passes because that has been lacking since game 2 at SF). Beyond the defense, ATL’s offensive line has been plagued with injuries and many of their starters missed last week’s game against NY.  Since their o-line is not at normal strength, it should give the Bears’ defense an opportunity to attack QB Matt Ryan on pass rush.

Devin Hester

Hester now leads the NFL with the most kick return touchdowns – he has 20 of ’em

The rumor mill is also circling around Bear’s former kick returner, Devin Hester as he is now questionable (hamstring injury) for Sunday’s game.  Will Hester get the chance play against his old team that he’s so kindly bashed in the media as of late? I personally hope he’s cleared because I love to see him out on the field against his former teammates.

What worries me most about this game is our own defense and special teams.  It is noted that Briggs is out and Bostic (back injury) is questionable. That hurts. However, I must point out that the defense has improved compared to 2013 season as they have only allowed  26.2 points per game this year, down from 29.9 per game last year.

On offense, Jay Cutler’s inconsistencies as a QB should be no surprise to any Bears fan.  Last Sunday vs. Carolina Jay completed 28 of 26 pass attempts with two touchdowns AND two interceptions. On the up side, all we can hope for is connection between Cutler and his two star WRs, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marshall’s ankle injury (sprain) has prevented the explosive receiver from making big plays but I’m thinking he’ll be at full speed on Sunday.

Chicago really needs this W to get back on track within the NFC North (Green Bay is 3-2 and so is Detroit) and to gain a shot at the play-offs.

We’ll see how it pans out on Sunday.  Check out the game on FOX at 3:25PM CST.

About the author: Ashley Sellers. Bears Correspondent. A native of the NW Chicago suburbs, Ashley is a devout Chicago sports fan with a particular love for the Sox, Bears and Blackhawks. A graduate of SIU-Carbondale with a BA Radio-Television and a MA in Public Relations/Advertising, Ashley is a communications professional who occassionally moonlights as a dance instructor.  She is also a member of a dance company in the suburbs and she collects teddy bears and donates them to the children’s floor in local area hospitals through her “Prayer Bears Care” initiative.  In addition to the ’05 World Series and the 2010, 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championships, her favorite sports moment was “shooting the puck” at a Blackhawks game (she missed).

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