A week on from their heartbreaking loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Los Angeles Chargers travel to face the Chicago Bears. This is a match-up between a struggling defensive outfit in the Chargers, with 20 points per game conceded, and a struggling offensive team in the Bears, with only 18 points per game scored.
The strong Chicago pass rush will be licking their lips at the prospect of going up against the weakened Chargers offensive line and ageing quarterback Philip Rivers. Led by superstar Khalil Mack, the Bears defense has a positive turnover ratio of four this season and will be looking to inflict more suffering on the Bolts this week.
The Chargers must learn from last week’s loss and change up the way they approach the run game. While Melvin Gordon continues to struggle to get his game back on track, he is leaving 2019’s standout player Austin Ekeler on the bench and this is hurting the Bolts’ efficiency on offensive. Ekeler leads the league’s running backs in terms of catches (49) and receiving yards (488). Ekeler must be moved back to the number one RB slot with Gordon backing him up.
Joey Bosa will be looking to continue his hot steak of form this week. With five sacks this season, two of which came last week, Bosa will look to put pressure on Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who has struggled so far this season. Bosa has seen his role in the defense increase due to the injury to Melvin Ingram and he is likely to be leaned on heavily again this week.
I predict that this will be another hard game for the Chargers as these are two closely matched teams, but I think the offensive struggles of the Bears will help the Chargers to keep in front in this game.
Prediction: Chargers 20, Bears 13
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