Let’s imagine for a moment that the gridiron of the NFL was actually a chess board and that Chicago Bears coach John Fox is playing the game with 11 pieces (players) at his disposal.
Sure, Fox has a full compliment of player pieces, but he’s missing his queen (Jay Cutler), both knights (Alshon Jeffrey, Kevin White) and a bishop (Jeremy Langford) – would seem impossible for him to win, right? This is what injuries are doing to the Bears.
Yet, an experienced chess player knows the keys to victory lie in strategy rather than the actual pieces on the board and that is what Fox and his coaching staff were able to make work for their players favor in Week 4 with a victory at Soldier Field against the Detroit Lions.
Led for the time being by Brian Hoyer, the Bears offense looked competent and was able to put enough points on the board to help the defense get out there and control the game enough to collect a “W.” Hopefully the trend can continue in Week 5 in Indianapolis against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Much like the Bears, the Colts have issues with their personnel and the overall talent of their respective roster.
The Bears have a great chance at winning this game on the road, but it’s going to come down to coaching and which team can execute better on the field at the most important times. To take the chess analogy even deeper, let’s take it back to the 36 Chambers with Wu-Tang’s “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’.”
After last week’s performance I feel a bit more confident that Fox and his staff will be able to put their pieces in the best position to win for a second week in a row. The only thing is that kid Luck is tough and he has the capabilities to pick a defense apart, especially one that is young and riddled with injuries as Chicago’s.
It’s imperative for the Bears to continue to play complimentary football. Rookie running back Jordan Howard looks to be the real deal, keep feeding him in the rock and they’ll be able to keep Luck off the field to help protect the defense. Rested players on defense means they can be more physical and provide a more effective pass rush.
The Colts, who like the Bears are at 1-3 on the year, are equally desperate for win. It’s going to take a whole lot of cunning and guile to come out on top this week.
Bears 2016 Playlist
Week 1 – Action Bronson, “Actin’ Crazy”
Week 2 – Wu-Tang Clan, “Bring Da Ruckus”
Week 3 – The Internet, “Just Sayin’/I Tried”
Week 4 – TLC, “No Scrubs”
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