Next Sunday night the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers will open up their third week of the regular season by playing one another in Pittsburgh.
Tonight the Steelers take on the Cincinnati Bengals, a team who the Chicago Bears took down during Week 1. The game between both Cincinnati and Chicago was exactly what I thought it was going to be. A hard hitting game that would show sparks of big plays on offense here and there but more of a defensive battle. Both defenses for these organizations are known to have some of the best defensive players in the entire league.
Last week against the Titans, the Steelers looked like a completely different team as they fell to the Tennessee Titans. Roethlisberger and the offense surely didn’t look the same, which should be the main concern for Mike Tomlin considering how Chicago’s defense is playing.
While the defense has been strong and caused turnovers, they still have some weaknesses they need to fix. Both Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder were able to move the chains against Chicago’s defense. This isn’t a good sign and should be adjusted if the Bears want any chance at making the playoffs and going further than the first round.
Every member of the Chicago Bears organization should be watching tonight’s game, if they’re smart. They talk about wanting to prepare and go back to the drawing board in order to keep this 2-0 train moving, but you can’t do that if you don’t pay attention to your opponents when they’re on prime time TV. Pittsburgh’s defense is surely something that Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and the offensive front are going to be watching really close.
Cutler has been sacked only once in the first two games of the season. That’s pretty impressive given the defenses the offensive line had to protect him against and Sunday will surely be a game where he will need all the protection he can get. I’m sure Cutler is loving the fact that his jersey isn’t as dirty as it was early on compared to last year. All three of Cutler’s interception came from not being aware of where the defenders were.
I understand he’s been on a roll early on, but with the protection he has early on, he should be able to scan the field and see every defensive player on the field besides his targets. Now I love my quarterback, don’t get me wrong, but there’s not excuse why we shouldn’t have won the game against Minnesota outright instead of having a late fourth quarter rally. Now it was an exciting game, but at one time in the game we had a very comfortable lead.
A certain game plan should be made according to what the coaches and captains see during Pittsburgh’s performance tonight.