Matt Nagy’s team is back home after being humbled by the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers. Can they slay the unpredictable San Francisco 49ers?
It’s a clash between two team possibly headed in the wrong direction, even though there’s still a lot of football to be played.
Following a 3-2 start, the Chicago Bears have lost consecutive games to the Green Bay Packers (24-14) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (38-3) – both by double digits. After winning their first two outings this season, the San Francisco 49ers have dropped their last four contests.
So will the Bears get back to the .500 mark? Kyle Shanahan’s team has actually been more successful on the road (2-1) than at home in 2021 (0-3). But look for the following to occur on Sunday at Soldier Field.
5. Bears rush for 150-plus yards
As talented as the San Francisco 49ers are on the defensive line, they’ve had their issues when it comes to stopping the run. It’s a unit loaded with first-round picks such as Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw and Dee Ford (via the Chiefs). But the league’s sixth-ranked defensive unit is a disappointing 20th vs. the run.
Speaking of the number six, only five clubs in the NFL are averaging more rushing yards than the Bears. The team has been up and down when it comes to wins and losses. But Matt Nagy’s team has run for 140-plus yards in each of their last four games.