New York Jets At Chicago Bears: Win and In

It is very rare the New York Jets have a chance to clinch a playoff spot before Week 17 but that opportunity has presented itself in the 2010 season. The Jets travel to Chicago to face the 10-4 Bears, who have already clinched the NFC North. This game provides a good test heading into the playoffs, as for the second week in a row, the Jets will travel into a hostile environment to face a quality opponent.

The Bears are led by their defense, which does a terrific job getting after the quarterback and is stout against the run.Julius Peppers and Isreal Idonije have eight sacks each. Chicago is currently ranked 3rd in the NFL at opponent's rushing yards allowed. However, its offensive rankings demonstrate its problems consistently moving the football. The Bears are ranked 25th in rushing yards and 26th in passing yards.

Jay Cutler is having a relatively productive year behind center but is always prone to turning the football over. Matt Forte is a dangerous back, who is a very good receiver out of the backfield. Chicago has a talented collection of receivers, led by Johnny Knox and a good pass catching tight end in Greg Olsen.

Devin Hester remains the most dangerous return man in the NFL and hopefully the Jets will be smart in kicking away from him.

The Jets' game plan to beat Chicago shouldn't vary too much from last week in Pittsburgh. However, I do expect a more aggressive pass rush from Rex Ryan against the Bears shoddy offensive line. Despite the Bears ability to stop the run, there is no reason to shy away from the ground attack. The Jets need a balanced approach to keep the Bears pass rush off balance. This will be another good test for Mark Sanchez so hopefully he can build on his performance from last week.

Here are the Bears 2010 stats so far --

Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Todd Collins 2 3.9 10 27 37 68 34 2.5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 15
Jay Cutler 13 89.6 227 368 61.7 2891 222.4 7.9 20 13 44 221 17 5 0 44 288
Caleb Hanie 2 94.3 5 7 71.4 55 27.5 7.9 0 0 1 -1 -0.5 -1 0 2 15

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
Earl Bennett 13 2 9 .700 4.5 5 0 45 547 42.1 12.2 48 3
Jay Cutler 13 44 221 17 5 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Forte 14 203 865 61.8 4.3 68 5 39 431 30.8 11.1 89 3
Caleb Hanie 2 1 -1 -0.5 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Hester 14 7 30 2.1 4.3 11 0 36 411 29.4 11.4 39 3
Johnny Knox 14 1 2 .100 2 2 0 47 868 62 18.5 67 3
Chester Taylor 14 105 252 18 2.4 24 3 20 139 9.9 6.9 18 0
Garrett Wolfe 10 4 8 .800 2 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG Lng TD
Devin Aromashodu 5 10 149 29.8 14.9 34 0
Earl Bennett 13 45 547 42.1 12.2 48 3
Desmond Clark 1 1 12 12 12 12 0
Rashied Davis 8 2 21 2.6 10.5 12 1
Kellen Davis 3 1 19 6.3 19 19 1
Matt Forte 14 39 431 30.8 11.1 89 3
Devin Hester 14 36 411 29.4 11.4 39 3
Johnny Knox 14 47 868 62 18.5 67 3
Brandon Manumaleuna 5 5 43 8.6 8.6 16 1
Greg Olsen 12 35 370 30.8 10.6 39 5
Chester Taylor 14 20 139 9.9 6.9 18 0

Returns

Kickoff Returns Punt Returns
G KR YDS AVG Lng TD PR Yds Avg Lng TD
Rashied Davis 8 3 40 13.3 32 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devin Hester 14 11 387 35.2 79 0 30 491 16.4 89 3
Tim Jennings 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Johnny Knox 14 7 171 24.4 42 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danieal Manning 14 29 754 26 62 0 0 0 0 0 0

Punting

Punting
G Punts Yds AVG Lng In20 TB
Brad Maynard 14 71 2786 39.2 56 22 4

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Robbie Gould 14 1 - 1 9 - 9 6 - 6 4 - 7 3 - 4 23 27 90.0% 30 30 100.0% 99

Defense

Sacks Interceptions Tackles
G Sacks YdsL Int Yds IntTD Solo Ast Total
Anthony Adams 13 2 17 0 0 0 26 3 29
Zackary Bowman 10 0 0 0 0 0 21 4 25
Lance Briggs 12 2 10 2 1 0 65 11 76
Josh Bullocks 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Roberto Garza 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Corey Graham 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Harris 14 0 0 4 69 0 37 17 54
Tommie Harris 9 .500 2.5 0 0 0 5 4 9
Marcus Harrison 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Israel Idonije 14 8 66.5 0 0 0 30 15 45
Brian Iwuh 7 1 8 0 0 0 15 1 16
Tim Jennings 12 0 0 1 39 0 33 12 45
Olin Kreutz 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lance Louis 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick Mannelly 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danieal Manning 14 0 0 1 0 0 50 13 63
Henry Melton 12 2 5 0 0 0 13 2 15
Joshua Moore 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Moore 14 1 9 4 95 0 32 4 36
Julius Peppers 14 8 54 2 1 0 38 11 49
Nick Roach 9 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 9
Craig Steltz 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Charles Tillman 14 0 0 4 85 0 62 10 72
Pisa Tinoisamoa 10 1 9 0 0 0 28 7 35
Matt Toeaina 11 2 15 0 0 0 17 6 23
Brian Urlacher 14 3.5 19 1 0 0 88 25 113
Edwin Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Williams 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rod Wilson 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 5
Corey Wootton 3 1 12 0 0 0 3 1 4
Major Wright 5 0 0 0 0 0 15 2 17
Mark Anderson 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8
Barry Turner 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

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