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No one is really looking this far down the schedule, but I feel that this game is one of the more overlooked games on the Chargers schedule. The Chicago Bears, although still weak on the offensive line, are a solid team, especially on defense side of the ball.
They have a quarterback that can sling it and an offense run by Mike Martz (the orchestrator of "The Greatest Show On Turf"), who is still an elite play-caller.
Now, I think the Chargers will lose this game, not because I feel that the Bears are an elite team in the NFL per say, but, because of other factors that are out of the Bolt's hands:
When and Where
The Chargers will be playing the Bears in Chicago on November 20th. On this date in Chicago, the average temp hovers right below 40 degrees, with the all-time low being about 0 degrees. Not to mention, this game will have a 4:15pm start time, which will not help with the cold temperatures as the game rolls on.
The Chargers are going to have to adjust to the cold weather this year in order to have a chance to win. They were outplayed by a horrible Bengals team in December last year at Cincinnati towards the end of the season; a loss that resulted in them not making the playoffs. Many forget that the Bolts were one win away from forcing a playoff with the Chiefs.
Bear of a Defense
As any defensive player in the Bears organization will tell you, their defensive is built to stop the big play. They play a soft Cover 2 (4-3 Defense) all game long, while rushing four, and forcing you to check down. They basically say we are going to beat you with a four man rush all game long.
Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije can bring it off the edges, and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher still has a lot in the tank. While Rivers is suited very well to face this defense with his elite field vision, I do not think that the Bears will allow Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd to put on the show like the one they did against a porous Patriots secondary.
Chris Harris, Charles TIllman, and Tim Jennings are all underrated secondary personal for the Bears.
The Bears have one of the best special teams forces in the NFL. Just ask Lovie Smith, who refused to kick from the 35-yard line in the preseason because he was disgruntled with the new rule.
He knew his special teams unit was the best on the field and kicked for the 30-yard line anyways. Open field tackling is always tougher on an icy surface, which raises concerns about the ability of Devin Hester to bust this game open.
The Chargers will need to take an early lead (always a key on the road) and force the ball into Jay Cutler's hands. He has an average-at-best receiving core, which doesn't have the ability to stretch the field. Yes, they have speed with Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, but both those guys round off at about 5'10". A great matchup for the bigger, more aggressive, Charger cornerbacks.