The game of this upcoming week takes place on Sunday night when two of the best defenses in the NFL clash in Chicago. The Bears are winning games by way of pick-six offense and the Texans are a brick wall that only one offense has been able to light up this season. But if there’s one thing that separates these two teams it’s their offense, and Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips says that although he’s respectful for the Bears offense, he’s hardly scared.
When speaking about the Bears offense, Phillips noted that the Bears only throw to one receiver, Brandon Marshall, and occasionally Matt Forte, but that’s it. When it comes to defending that kind of offense, no one is breaking too much of a sweat in Houston.
“Marshall’s a great receiver,” Phillips said, “but they haven’t thrown it to the other guys very much except the running back. They do a great job of that. He’s a tremendous receiver. We double cover him every play. That’s our plan. We’re going to double cover him every play.””
Phillips isn’t wrong, as the Bears have targeted Marshall more than any other receiver on roster including slot man Earl Bennett and rookie Alshon Jeffery. So far this year Marshall has 59 catches for 797 yards and seven touchdowns while no other Bears target has more than 20 catches, 200 yards or two touchdowns.
While Phillips was joking when he said all the Texans would do is double team Marshall, it’s not out of the question that Marshall will see heavy coverage. One has to believe that although the Bears have been blowing out opponents this year, the more intellectual coaches and fans realize that’s because of the defense and not Jay Cutler. While the Bears offense has potential, Wade Phillips and company are likely licking their lips over the matchup they face on Sunday night.