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The Bears have no clue who their starting QB is right now, and that will be a problem against the Colts defense, and with Rivers under center now in Indy, expect them to easily cover the spread here, even at Soldier Field.
Colts -2.5 -110
|Colts vs Bears Information|
|What||Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears|
|Where||Soldier Field in Chicago, IL|
|When||Sunday, October 4, 2020; 1:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||CBS|
The Indianapolis Colts are a team still developing around their new veteran QB Philip Rivers, and behind rookie RB sensation Jonathan Taylor, they might just have a well-balanced offensive attack if their D can keep the Bears off the field.
Chicago is suffering from a lack of leadership under center, though they are hoping perennial backup Nick Foles can take over where the struggling starter Mitchell Trubisky left off, and this will be the first week he is expected to actually start.
These two cross-conference rivals have met each other 43 times already (including 1 postseason game), with the Chicago Bears winning 19 of those games and the Indianapolis Colts winning 24 of them.
Colt’s new QB Philip Rivers is a 38-year old veteran of the NFL who spent his entire career with the Chargers but without ever hoisting the Lombardi Trophy, something that he most likely would like to check off his NFL bucket list before he retires.
Rivers is currently leading the league in completion percentage at 78.3, but he has thrown just as many interceptions as he has touchdowns, 3, and that will be a problem if he expects to play football in January.
Rivers is competitive and he has Ty Hilton and Zach Pascal to target, but it will be the team’s solid rushing attack that will help his passing game stay effective as rookie RB Jonathan Taylor keeps opposing defenses on their toes.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy essentially benched starting QB Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and gave his backup, Nick Foles, a chance at beating the winless Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.
After Foles opened with an interception in his first pass attempt, he proved his rep as a finisher by tossing three fourth-quarter touchdown passes and sealing the win for his now unbeaten Bears, the final score of that one Chicago 30, Atlanta 26.
That showing should earn Foles the start in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, so it will be interesting to see how he does against a team that actually game-planned against his tendencies and weaknesses.
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The Indianapolis Colts selected Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor in the 2nd round of the NFL draft with the 41st pick overall, and he has more than impressed those in the Indy front office who had that initial faith in him.
So far in the NFL, Taylor has 57 total touches for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging an impressive 4.6 yards per touch, with most of those being on the ground.
He has caught every ball he has been targeted with, and he has yet to fumble the ball, so now it is up to Taylor to prove that he can be the grinder that the Colts need out of the backfield to get defenses adjusting to him so that Rivers can abuse them with some play-action to hit open receivers.
The Chicago Bears star dual-threat running back Tarik Cohen suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3 against the Falcons, and that is not good news for a team whose running back room looks a little thin these days.
Enter David Montgomery, the former Iowa State star who is in his 2nd NFL season after posting a rookie campaign in 2019 that featured 242 carries for 889 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Time for Montgomery to step up and help Foles out of the backfield as both a threat to run and to catch the ball, something that Cohen did to great effect until his blown knee took him out for the season.
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