The 2-1 Indianapolis Colts are taking on the 3-0 Chicago Bears this Sunday.
Here are 3 bold predictions about the game.
1. Philip Rivers Will Win The Battle Of The QBs.
Rivers is having a terrific season.
In 3 games, he has thrown for 794 yards and 3 TDs.
He also has 3 INTs.
The opposing QB is none other than Nick Foles who took over for the benched Mitchell Trubisky.
He will be on the opposite side of the field from his former offensive coordinator, the man he credited for helping him win Super Bowl 52 MVP, Frank Reich.
Rivers will play the better game because Frank Reich knows how to prepare his defense for Foles.
Foles will still make some big flashy plays, but in general, the line of scrimmage will be dominated by the Colts.
Leading into Sunday’s game Reich and Foles spoke about each other.
Colts coach Frank Reich on Nick Foles: "He’s a great point guard. He’s a magician with the ball. He can throw and deliver the ball from every angle."
— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 30, 2020
“And he figured me out as a player to where, even during games when I’d come to the sidelines, usually coaches want to coach you up and all this, and he’d go, ‘Just keep doing it, just keep doing it.’ Like, he wouldn’t say much. At first it was sort of weird because you’re not used to a coach doing that. He was like: ‘I trust you. Just go do your thing.’ No matter what, if I threw an interception or I threw a touchdown, he cared more about the person than the player. And that says a lot about him and that’s why I have all the respect in the world.”
2. The Colts Will Win The Ground Game.
Part of the Colts domination of this game will be on the ground.
Rookie Jonathan Taylor has for rushed for 2 TDs and 182 yards in 3 games.
4th and Goal?
It's @JayT23 Time.
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— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 27, 2020
101 of those yards came in the Week 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bears lost their running back Tarik Cohen with a torn ACL suffered in last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.
3. The Bears Will Make Big Plays.
Given the Bears running game is in flux following Cohen’s injury, the Bears will need to make big passing plays to stay in the game, which they will.
Foles will have some magic with Allen Robinson who has 230 yards on 18 receptions and 1 TD.
.@AllenRobinson doing Allen Robinson things.
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— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 27, 2020
Robinson shared his somewhat surprised reaction to the transition from Trubisky to Foles:
“Yeah, I kind of was. I wouldn’t say shocked, you never know what’s going to happen in the course of a game. We had training camp with both quarterbacks so we have experience with both of those guys and at the end of the day, coach did what he thought was best for the team.”
Bonus: Bold Scoring Prediction:
It will be close, but the Colts will pull away in the 4th Quarter with a final score of 34 to 27.NEXT: Rookie QB Jacob Eason's Work Is Getting Noticed