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Bears vs. Chargers Week 11 Preview and Predictions
Posted By Kamil Kolodziejski On Nov 18 2011 @ 6:31 pm In Chicago Bears | No Comments
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bears (6-3) are on a four-game winning streak as they continue to hold a strong position in the Wild Card standings. The Bears are following a 37-13 rout of the Detroit Lions last week at Soldier Field. The Bears now have a four game stretch against the AFC West beginning with the San Diego Chargers (4-5) this Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field.
The Chargers are following a 24-17 loss to the newly revamped Oakland Raiders last week at Qualcomm Stadium. Chargers QB Philip Rivers is having one of his worst years as a starter leading the league with 15 INTs. As the Chargers look to stay competitive in the AFC West, the Bears are pursuing another deep playoff run with each convincing victory.
Bears – RB Matt Forte loves every bit of this matchup after he saw Raiders RB Michael Bush tore up the Chargers D rushing for 157 yards and 85 yards receiving for a total of 242 yards from scrimmage. Forte (1,308 yards) is 1 yard short of the NFL leader RB Fred Jackson (1,309) in total yards from scrimmage averaging 145.3 yards from scrimmage per game.
Chargers – Philip Rivers has been a turnover machine leading the league with 19 turnovers. The offensive line is simply struggling and not giving Rivers any pass protection. The Chargers allowed a season-high six sacks to the Raiders last week, and losing G Kris Dielman, OT Marcus McNeill, and G Louis Vasquez does not help Rivers in any way.
My pick: Da Bears!
Bears – DE Julius Peppers played a few snaps at tackle last week against the Lions. Against a banged up offensive line, watch for Peppers to pressure Rivers all game. The Bears D has been sensational in this four game winning streak. They have forced 12 turnovers and allowed an average of 14.0 points in these last four games.
Chargers – Jay Cutler might find it difficult to pass on a defense that is ranked 8th in the league allowing 203.4 yards per game. This will open the door to Forte that should exploit a Chargers rush defense that is ranked 24th in the league allowing 127.9 yards per game.
My Pick: Da Bears!
Bears – Devin Hester did it again. The most prolific returner in the history of the NFL returned his 12th punt return for a TD. Hall of Famer? I think so.
Chargers – The Chargers special teams unit faces its greatest challenge all season, Devin Hester. A special teams unit that is in complete disarray, watch for Hester to potentially have a huge game.
My Pick: Da Bears!
4TH PHASE X-FACTOR
Bears – The Bears are looking stronger and stronger each week and riding a four game winning streak. The Bears will be highly motivated to capture their fifth game in a row in front of a raucous crowd at Soldier Field this Sunday.
Chargers – The Chargers need their playmakers to step it up. In last week’s game, WR Vincent Jackson and TE Antonio Gates combined for a total of 6 catches for 76 yards. This tandem is considered one of the best in the league, if Rivers can get the ball to them of course.
My Pick: Da Bears!
My Winner for the Wk. 11 Matchup: Da Bears!
Final Score Bears 35 Chargers 24
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