I had a few minutes to exchange with Fansided’s Chicago Bears expert Mike Burzawa from Bear Goggles On, here is what he had to tell me about this weeks matchup between the Bears and Giants on Sunday night.
You have to say the Mike Martz has had a huge influence of Cutler. There were a lot of questions about the Jay-Mart relationship heading into the season, but so far so good.
What is the single biggest threat the Bears pose to the Giants?
Cutler has been moving the ball well through the air. Devin Hester and Johnny Knox are coming into their own at the wide receiver position, Greg Olsen is getting involved in the offense and even Matt Forte has contributed as a receiver out of the backfield.
Julius Peppers, how has he looked to you at DE this season? He was kept in check by the Packers last week, can we expect a similar outing this week or a more dominating performance from him this against the Giants?
The only way the Packers were able to keep Peppers in check was to hold him all night. If that’s what you call keeping in check, we’ll take the penalty yardage, thank you very much. While the Bears haven’t been getting the sack totals they’d like, they are getting pressure, which has been leading to takeaways.
Your running game – it seems like RB Matt Forte is a bigger threat catching out of the backfield than he is at running between the tackles, is there something to that and why might that be?
The offensive line has struggled for the Bears, particularly in the running game. Besides that, Mike Martz isn’t exactly a “get off the bus running” kind of coordinator. Martz’s idea of a running play is a screen pass.
The Bears’ Run Defense, outstanding so far. Is it simply because they’ve played pass-first teams until now? Or is there something the Giants should look out for from Chicago’s defense when they’re trying to pound the rock?
I think the Bears run defense is legit. Linebackers Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher are playing like men possessed, so watch for #54 and #55 flying all over the place.
Devin Hester is coming into his own as a receiver, but he’s not exactly Andre Johnson just yet. Don’t get hung up on Hester (besides maybe as a punt returner), because there are plenty of threats in the passing game. Look for Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett to contribute as well as Greg Olsen from the tight end position.
Mike Martz, happy to have him? What have you seen that’s different in the Bears offensive scheme this year than years past?
So far so good with the Mad Scientist Mike Martz. He has turned the Bears offense 180 degrees. He will call any play at any time. Expect the unexpected from Martz and his offensive game plan.
Special teams. Everyone in Chicago is hoping that Devin Hester got his groove back after popping a punt return for a touchdown after a 2-year hiatus.
Eli Manning. If Eli hangs onto the ball, the Giants can do well. If the Bears can force him to make mistakes, I like their chances.
This is an unexpected start to the season for the 3-0 Bears. I think they force a few turnovers and pull one out. Bears 26, Giants 23.