The Buffalo Bills enter Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with one of the worst run defenses in the history of the National Football League.
However, there is one huge variable and that is Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz who likes to pass a lot, so the question is will his tendency to pass play into the Bills hands?
The Bills may be ranked dead last in run defense at 32 of 32 teams, which one may conclude that is also the case with the pass defense. That could be far from the case as the Bills are sixth in the league in pass defense, and that is without a pass rush.
The Bears strength on offense is their passing game as it is ranked 19 in the National Football League while the running game is ranked 26 in the NFL. Also, the Bears have run 215 passing plays while they have only ran 156 running plays.
If Martz is as good of an offensive coordinator as many may thing then he will put his passion to throw the football aside and realize that the only way they will win is by running the football to death, which will also help the passing game as they would then be able to run play-action passes that will freeze the linebackers for a second, and open passing windows.
In the end, both teams fate is in the hands of the man that is called “Mad Mike.”
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Written by Paul Kasprzak