The Chicago Bears are having one of the worst defensive years in franchise history. Especially when it comes to their run defense.
This team has taken a lot of hits on that side of the ball and has seen key players like Henry Melton, Charles Tillman and D.J. Williams being shelved for the entire year.
Even linebacker Lance Briggs had to miss some time due to a fracture shoulder and he missed almost eight games. Now that he’s back, he’s trying to help this team get things back together. They didn’t do all that well against the Philadelphia Eagles in his return though.
The Bears are currently one game away from tying the 2008 Detroit Lions for allowing 12 100 yard rushers in one season. It’s a record that has been held by the winless 2008 Detroit Lions for awhile as they had one of the worst defenses in the history of the division.
The Bears have allowed 11 100-yard rushers. One more & they match the 0-16 Lions (2008), for the most in one season. pic.twitter.com/gF9d4GDJdV
— NFL (@nfl) December 28, 2013
It’s a bit of a miracle that this team sits at the record they do now instead of one like the Atlanta Falcons or the Minnesota Vikings. Their offense has been keeping them in games while teams have continued to shove the ball down their defenses throats.
I’m a huge fan of this team and this run defense always has me shaking my head. They’ve made a couple stops, but they need to make sure they keep James Starks, Eddie Lacy, John Kuhn and even Kahlil Bell under 100 yards. Yes, former Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell currently plays for the Packers.
This run defense needs to step it up on Sunday as the Packers may be splitting their playbook down the middle now that Aaron Rodgers has returned. They may not want him to pass that much, but using the run could be the key to the NFC North division title since Chicago hasn’t been able to stop it.