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We are all anticipating an exciting showdown as the visiting Chicago Bears taken the San Diego Chargers. Even at this time it seems quite apparent that San Diego is not establishing any sort of running game; rather hedging their bets on Philip River’s passing game to lead to victory. It would seem a good strategy the Chargers are averaging 336 passing yards per game putting them as the top passing overall team in the NFL. In regards to the Bears; they showed a weak secondary during their game with the Vikings last week; ultimately giving up big plays at critical points during the game. These play mishaps coupled with huge passing game from Minnesota contributed to the Bears defeat - giving up ten points in the final minutes despite a seven point fourth quarter lead.
No doubt San Diego will be looking to exploit the Bears weakness in their secondary; while helping Philip Rivers have a successful passing attack during Monday night’s scheduled game. The spotlight is on Rivers, who is currently completing nearly 70% of his passes for 2753 yards gained and 18 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions. In the last five games he has consistently thrown for over 300 gains. Moreover as this one of those AFC versus NFC matchups so the Bears will not be familiar with the San Diego formations and routes that their receivers will run.
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The New York Jets return home after an awful defensive performance last week against the Oakland Raiders. The Jets lost that game 34-20 as they allowed Derek Carr to throw for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Jacksonville will be the Jets opponents. Quarterback Blake Bortles is not an accurate passer as his time may be running out as a starting quarterback in this league once the season ends. Bortles completes just 55.7% of his throws. Look for the Jets to bounce back with a huge defensive effort after last week’s embarrassing performance. They are back home and a better unit that showed up last week at Oakland. The team is still ranked third in the NFL in total defense by giving up 307 yards per game.
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The Oakland Raiders makes the long cross-country trip for an early game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Raiders have won two straight. That loss at Chicago still stings the team. Ben Roethlisberger makes his second start after returning from injury. Look for Big Ben to exploit the Oakland Raiders poor pass defense that gives up 302 yards per game. Antonio Brown figures to have a huge game on Sunday. He leads the Steelers with 52 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns. With Roethlisberger healthy in Week 1 and 2 of the season Brown combined for 18 catches for 328 yards with two touchdowns.
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The Denver Broncos off their great defensive effort last week at home to Green Bay will be traveling to face the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning is starting to show improvement with his passing. The running game is starting to click as well for the club. Ronnie Hillman leads the team with 85 carries for 383 yards and four touchdowns. He had two rushing touchdowns last week in the win to Green Bay. With a career best 4.5 yards per run attempt look for Hillman to put up some good numbers on the Colts defense.
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The Dallas Cowboys will be home to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night football. Dallas is 0-5 without Tony Romo under center but still just one game out of first place in the NFC East division. We are going to expect Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassell to keep it safe to avoid turnovers and target Jason Witten in the passing game.
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