FOOTBALL MISC — 22 September 2014

Tonight’s game is kind of unique in the fact that you have two teams struggling to break out of the grips of mediocrity. The current record for each team is 1-1. The Chicago Bears were deemed Superbowl contenders with Jay Cutler an MVP candidate early in the pre-season. The Bears have been inconsistent this season as they struggled to find a consistent groove offensively. The Bears scored early against the Bills week 1 but failed to score in the second half. That continued into the following week against the 49ers as the Bears only scored once in the first three quarters and than scored three touchdowns in the 4th quarter. The Bears passing attack has been impressive statistically with Cutler completing 57/83 for 525 yards and 6 TD’s while Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte all have over 100 yards receiving. Their biggest weakness has been their rushing attack as Matt Forte has only rushed for 103 yards this season, averaging 3.6 yards per carry and no TD’s.

The New York Jets struggled offensively week 1, scoring only one TD the entire game while relying heavily on their defence in their 14-19 win against the Oakland Raiders. Week 2 was the exact opposite problem as they relied on their offence to keep them in the game while their defence bled points, scoring three TD’s and allowing Aaron Rodgers to score three of his own in a 24-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Chris Johnson has been nothing but a disappointment this season (as someone with him on my fantasy team) as he’s only rushed for 89 yards and zero TD’s with the majority of the rushing production coming from Chris Ivory who’s rushed for 145 yards and 2 TD’s. The passing game has been abysmal as Geno Smith has been “average at best” throwing for 397 yards with 2 TD’S and 2 INT’s while the only bright spot for the receiving core has been Eric Decker with 137 receiving yards as no other receiver has more than 64 yards.

This game could be a breaking point for either of these teams as the winner could catapult into a winning streak while the loser could be propelled into a downward spiral. As I stated in Dons Picks, I look for the Bears to win this game, throwing the ball. I believe the New York Jets will finish the season with an 8-8 record while the Bears will fall into a wildcard play-off spot, coming second in the division to my Detroit Lions. Those are my thoughts, tweet me @D_ScHramER34 with the #ELITESPORTSBLOG with your thoughts and comments and kick back, have a cold one and enjoy tonight’s mediocre masterpiece!!!

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