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Three keys and prediction: Bears - Cardinals

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Three keys and prediction: Bears - Cardinals

1. Explosive passing plays. The Seahawks didn’t respect Mitch Trubisky’s ability to do this on Monday night, leading to the dollar store version of the Legion of Boom stacking the box and successful selling out to stop Jordan Howard. Perhaps if Trubisky connected with Allen Robinson on an early deep ball that was picked off, or to a wide-open Gabriel over the middle, Seattle would’ve had to back off from frequently dropping safety Bradley McDougald into the box. 

The point being: The best chance the Bears’ offense has of success, even against a defense that’s allowing a touch over six yards per play, is for Trubisky to link up with a receiver for a big-chunk play. It could be on a downfield throw, or maybe a catch-and-run to Gabriel or Tarik Cohen. Either way, Trubisky and this offense needs to quickly establish that they can make big-chunk plays through the air. Consistency, otherwise, may be hard to come by on Sunday. 

“Just (Matt) Nagy, he’s a great mind and just scripting those things,” Gabriel said. “When the deep ball is there, I’m pretty sure this week we’re going to take it. But at the same time the deep ball, it opens up a lot of things.” 

2. Leonard Floyd winning his one-on-one matchup with left tackle D.J. Humphries. A couple of factors in favor of Floyd: First, he’s no longer wearing a club on his right hand, and his smaller brace allows him use of his fingers. Second, Cardinals left tackle D.J. Humphries has allowed 10 pressures in 70 pass blocking snaps this year, according to Pro Football Focus. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said it’d be unfair to make any conclusions about Floyd’s season based on two relatively quiet, club-inhibited games. Sunday will be a good opportunity for Floyd to get after Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford, just as he did last year for two sacks (one of which was a safety) when a banged-up Bradford came to Chicago with the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5. 

3. Finish in the fourth quarter. The Bears’ defense has dominated for six of the eight quarters it's played this year, but of the 41 points it’s allowed, 35 have come in the final 15 minutes. Granted, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson are two of the more clutch late-game quarterbacks in the NFL, while Bradford has been horrendous this year (maybe the fourth quarter quarterback will be rookie Josh Rosen, for all we know). Either way, this could mean a few things: Kyle Fuller making a play on a would-be touchdown — this after getting beat by perfect throws for scores against the Packers and Seahawks — or, like last week, a couple of players coming up with game-sealing interceptions or forced fumbles. 

Prediction: Bears 20, Cardinals 9. The Cardinals’ defense might be better than its early-season numbers suggest, but Arizona’s offense will struggle to move the ball with any consistency against the Bears’ defense. We’ll say the Bears keep everything in front of them and allow only three field goals (hey, Arizona has to kick one at *some* point this year, right?) while Mitch Trubisky leads a pair of touchdown and field goal drives each to pace a comfortable victory. 

Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson's Within Reach foundation pivots to feeding Chicago families

Allen Robinson is doing his part to help the city of Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robinson is using his Within Reach, which typically focuses on providing resources to underprivileged Chicago-area schools, to feed kids at home during the pandemic. 

Robinson said he will match donations made to his charity. The donations will go towards providing boxes of food to Chicago families facing food insecurity during the pandemic. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears’ coach Matt Nagy and OT Charles Leno have both contributed to Robinson’s cause.  If you’d like to contribute, you can find out more information on Within Reach’s website. 

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Bears offer custom wallpapers for video calls, Allen Robinson wants one too

Bears offer custom wallpapers for video calls, Allen Robinson wants one too

To help fans get excited for football season (fingers crossed it will start on time, but who knows) the Bears offered to make custom wallpapers for fans who tweet their last name and preferred number at the Bears’ main Twitter account. 

Perfect for showing off your Chicago spirit and spicing up online classes or conference calls! Not only did fans get a kick out of seeing their name on a digital jersey, Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson got in on the fun too. 

Despite Robinson probably owning many, many things (both digital and physical) with his name and number on them, Bears’ Twitter was happy to oblige. 

This led many fans online to continue calling for his contract extension, but right now the Bears and Robinson seem to be focusing on the present and trying to have some light-hearted fun during these uncertain times.

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