Chicago Bears

Chargers vs. Bears: 3 Keys for Chicago in the Second Half

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 20: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks for a receiver against the San Diego Chargers at Soldier Field on November 20, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2011

The Bears are currently riding a four-game winning streak and really need this game if they want to keep up with Dallas and Detroit for a wild-card spot.

Points were hard to come by until Chicago pulled ahead 17-10 late in the first half. Here are three adjustments for Chicago to make to pick up their offense and start to put San Diego away in the second half.

Manage Your Third Downs Better

The Bears missed on some early third downs, and it's because they were taking chances at the wrong times. Cutler has been having some success throwing downfield, but when you keep doing that and failing on third down, you need to think about taking less chances during those times.

 

Keep Throwing in the Early Downs

As opposed to airing it out on third down, Chicago should keep letting Cutler pick apart San Diego's secondary and take those chances in the early downs. So far, he's averaging over 17 yards per completion. Keep that going, especially if you don't have any luck with the next key.

 

Get Forte Going

I know it's easier said than done, but Chicago has not been utilizing Forte well enough so far this game. Too many rushes straight up the middle where he's been getting stuffed. Try some more pass plays designed for him, some cut-back runs...just something to get him some confidence and get some momentum with your best player.

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