In Chicago, the young Jacksonville Jaguars defense will force Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer into bad decisions.
The young Jacksonville Jaguars defense will be at full strength in Chicago. The injury report reveals that there are no significant injuries on defensive. Look for cornerback Aaron Colvin to play significantly after serving his four game suspension. Defensive end Jared Odrick is ready to play after missing two games.
The Chicago Bears will be playing Brian Hoyer at quarterback. The starter, Jay Cutler, is still nursing a right thumb injury. Hoyer has played for two different teams against the Jaguars. But, he has not faced this young Jacksonville defensive unit.
New defensive coordinator Todd Wash tweaked and made changes to the defense after Bob Babich was fired. Really, the young defense has kept Jacksonville in the position to win games. The debacle in San Diego could be a result of the “old habits are hard to break” syndrome.
Three Areas that Jacksonville Will Frustrate The Bears
First, the Jaguars pass rush will put pressure on Hoyer. Dante Fowler Jr. and Yannick Ngakoue will force the Bears into maximum protection. This should free the defensive line to run twists and delayed blitzes forcing Hoyer into bad decisions.
Second, running the ball against the Jaguars front seven has been tough all season. Jacksonville has given up an average of 106 yards/game. Only San Diego’s Melvin Gordon was able to rush for more than 100 yards. The Jaguars have done well in containing the opponent’s feature back.
Jalen Ramsey and the secondary will be facing a receiving core that is struggling with injuries. Both Alshon Jeffery and Eddie Royal are listed as questionable to play. Ramsey will blanket Jeffery in the one-on-one match ups. Royal will run the underneath routes that see minimal yardage. The young secondary will force Hoyer to make decisions that result in interceptions.
Todd Wash will have every defensive asset available to make a huge statement in Chicago. This young and hungry Jaguar defense should exploit the Bears offense. Hopefully, the defense will score again due to a bad decision by Brian Hoyer.