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Bears look to continue winning ways before bye week

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's not typically pretty when an NFL team plays a Monday night game, then travels for the following Sunday. It's even worse when both are road games. But the Bears have been able to rise to the occasion with Lovie Smith in charge; 6-2 following a MNF appearance-6-0 after spending Monday on the road. I see little reason why that won't be a continuing trend after a meeting with the Jaguars. The Bears are simply the more talented team.

Jacksonville is 1-3, 32nd in total offense (that's last - FYI). Their offense can be summed up in three words - Maurice Jones-Drew. The all-pro running back led the league in rushing last season and is the Jags offense. When asked if stopping him is the biggest key Sunday, Bears defensive co-ordinator Rod Marinelli simply said "yes." And the Bears own the third best rushing defense in the league. If they can make the Jags one dimensional they could post a shut out. Seriously, Jacksonville's passing game has struggled mightily because QB Blaine Gabbert has been under duress more often than not. The Bears front four is likely to be feasting.

And if the Bears stop the run they will play more cover two which they are good at. Their league high 11 interceptions is a number likely to increase. The Bears defense vs the Jags struggling offense is a mismatch made in Midway Monster heaven.

It could also be a heavenly match up for the Bears offensive line. Jacksonville has gone three straight games without recording a sack. Somewhere Jay Cutler is smiling. He may be trying to avoid you, but he's smiling.

And it's safe to say, the whole "avoid-dance" he did with Mike Tice on the sidelines in Dallas is over after it was overblown. Tice said Jay likely just had enough of his offensive co-ordinator yelling about a failed 3rd down conversion. Whether that's true or not, by the end of Monday it appeared they were on the same page and moving forward. The bigger concern for Tice was that he and the offense not think too much of themselves for their success. He admitted that's what happened from Week 1 to Green Bay. Let's hope they all got the message.

While on paper this looks like it won't even be close keep in mind, the Bears won't play another game for 15 days because of the bye week. That's a really long time to sit with the reality that a struggling offense found a way to overcome their deficiencies on a defense that gets better each week. It won't happen. Bears win 34-10.

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