NFC Game Of The Week
Bears (7-2) at 49ers (6-2-1)
Bears: The Bears still impressed me last week despite the fact that they lost. It’s safe to say their defense is arguably the best in the league because of everything they do. They get to the Quarterback, they tackle and swarm to the football, they get turnovers and they score off those turnovers. Last week, they kept a Texans offense which is capable of scoring 20-24 points a game and held them to 13 points. This unit can match up with the best of them. The big talk coming out of Chicago this week has been the status of Jay Cutler who left last week’s game with a concussion. Monday night is another true test for the Bears as they face another stingy football team in the San Francisco 49ers, another elite team in the league right now. The key to a win is establishing Matt Forte often. Can the Bears bounce back?
49ers: They could’ve won last week’s contest against the Rams but they didn’t and neither did the Rams. They tied 24-24. To me, it seems like people have figured out the blueprint to defeating the 49ers. You force Alex Smith to beat you because the Niners love to run the football and win the time of possession battle and control the line of scrimmage. When their defense is on the field, run the ball because it wears them out, keep them on the field and we saw a lot of that last week and in some games of theirs this season. Just like his counterpart in Jay Cutler, Alex Smith suffered a concussion last week as well but he’s expected to play. The 49ers are a great defensive team but I don’t think they’ve seen a defense quite like the Bears. Can the 49ers win the physical battle up front?
Prediction: It’s an old school NFC showdown on Monday night. Two stingy defenses going at it and both teams are fighting for playoff positioning and seeding in the NFC. The Bears are expected to have Alshon Jeffrey back and this will give them a boost offensively. The 49ers will be just as stingy as the Bears. This will be a low scoring affair; I like the 49ers to get the win. 49ers 17 Bears 10