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Boy Green went behind enemy lines and sat down with Zack Pearson of The Bear Report to break down the Jets-Vikings matchup on Sunday.

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The New York Jets saw their two-game winning streak snapped by the talented Minnesota Vikings squad. Now gang green will take to the road for another NFC North foe, the Chicago Bears.

These aren’t the Bears from the last decade, this version has a variety of gizmos and gadgets that will give the team issues. So Boy Green decided to sit down with Chicago Bears Insider Zack Pearson of The Bear Report to get a better understanding of the team the Jets will be playing on Sunday.

1. The Chicago Bears started out so hot and recently have cooled off, what has gone right and wrong so far this season?

They really haven’t been able to put together a complete game outside of the Tampa Bay win this season. The past few weeks the defense has really struggled to establish any sort of pass rush. They’ve allowed Brock Osweiler and Tom Brady to stand in the pocket and have all day to throw and it’s hurt them. In the secondary, Chicago has really struggled to make tackles and let Albert Wilson score two big touchdowns against them on plays that should have been stopped for minimal gains.

Trubisky has also struggled at times this season with his accuracy. Lately, the quarterback has been a lot better and this offense has actually carried the defense over the past three games or so. Once they put it all together, they could be a really good team in the NFC.

2. How has Mitchell Trubisky’s development changed with Matt Nagy at the helm and how has he done so far this season?


It’s night and day in terms of watching Trubisky last season under John Fox and then this season under Matt Nagy. Last season, Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains really didn’t give Mitch an opportunity to stretch the field and go deep. This season, Nagy has put Trubisky in great spots and there have been some chances to go deep. The Bears offense this season is a lot more aggressive than it was under the Fox era and it’s tailored to Trubisky’s game. This could be a match made in heaven for Bears fans.

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3. Are the Bears weapons on offense for real? Take us through from Allen Robinson to Tarik Cohen, how dangerous is this team?

I think so. The scary part about it is they really haven’t had one dominant player on offense yet this season. The Bears have spread the ball around a lot on offense and Trubisky really has a lot of weapons to his disposal. Robinson was brought in to be the big No. 1 receiver and at times he’s been that. He’s currently battling an injury right now but before that, he put together back-to-back games with a touchdown. There’s a lot of speed on this offense with Taylor Gabriel, Tarik Cohen, and Anthony Miller.
I think Ryan Pace’s best acquisition on the offensive side of the ball in the offseason was Gabriel. He’s been great this year and Nagy has used in him in all different roles to get the most out of his speed. As for Cohen, he’s just a fun player to watch and be around. He’s so quick that he can beat you as a running back and a receiver and Nagy is taking advantage of the mismatches on offense with Cohen. As for Miller, he still has some work to do but the rookie is getting better. He’s working on building more chemistry with Trubisky and when that finally clicks, he’s a guy that could be very dangerous.  Then, of course, you have tight end, Trey Burton. He’s become Trubisky’s security blanket on the underneath route.
I didn’t even mention Jordan Howard yet, who has struggled this season. If Nagy can find a way to get Howard the ball more, this offense could be even better.

4. Defensively Khalil Mack from the outside looking in has been a transcendent piece for this team, is this Monsters of the Midway reborn?

When Mack is healthy, yes. But outside of Mack, the Bears really haven’t got the production you’d hope to see from Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks. Floyd has really struggled on the edge and doesn’t have a sack this season. Hicks has seen multiple double teams on the line but others around him haven’t stepped it up. There have been some times where the Bears defense has looked like it could return to its Monsters of The Midway glory days but these past two games against Miami and New England have pumped the breaks on that a little.

5. Finally a score prediction, how do you see this game playing out?

Bears 27-20. I think the Bears get a big win to get back over .500, but it won’t be easy. The Jets keep it close throughout and the Bears struggle to get pressure on Sam Darnold. We should see another good game from Mitchell Trubisky and the offense but I don’t see the Bears blowing the Jets out in this one.

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