Familiar Texans defense could jumpstart Bears passing attack
Why Texans game comes at perfect time for Fields, Bears’ offense originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – After watching their passing game stagnate in a Week 2 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Bears spent the week tweaking and finetuning their aerial attack.
A Week 3 date with the Houston Texans might be just what the Bears need to get quarterback Justin Fields in a good rhythm after two games against top-level defenses. On the season, the Texans rank 27th in the NFL, allowing 270.5 passing yards per game.
That Texans head coach Lovie Smith runs a similar defense to Bears head coach Matt Eberflus should also help Fields and the offense be comfortable Sunday at Soldier Field.
“I think it’s helpful,” Eberflus said Friday. “When you’re facing a similar defense, something that you have faced in camp and something that you’re familiar with—both offense and defense—I think it’s better. It’s not as many adjustments during the course of the week.”
In Week 1, the Bears faced a San Francisco 49ers team that runs an offense similar to the attack that offensive coordinator Luke Getsy deploys. Preparing for similar looks they faced throughout training camp helped the Bears’ defense hold the 49ers to 10 points.
After throwing for just 70 yards on 11 attempts against the Packers, Fields and the passing game are looking to find a groove and show the explosive offense they hinted at in training camp.
“Similar,” tight end Cole Kmet said of the Texans’ defense. “They play really hard. They have a front that’s going to be rotating a lot. Between 10 guys, so they keep their guys fresh. They’re a little lighter but they’re a nasty group. They’re definitely moving up front and we have to be able to take care of that. But similar to our defense. So, it’ll be a lot of training camp stuff for us.”
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Publish date : 2022-09-23 23:02:54
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