The Los Angeles Chargers head into Chicago desperately needing a win to get back on track and save the season. They’ve had some close losses this year, but what’s the formula to finally getting back in the win column against the Bears in Week 8?
After two bad starts vs. Pittsburgh and Denver, as well as a heartbreaking finish against Tennessee, the Chargers are in danger of going winless in the month of October. If they want to keep whatever sliver of hope at the playoffs remains, a win is imperative in Week 8. They will be underdogs playing in Chicago against that vaunted defense, but there’s a potential formula to beat the Bears.
Step 1: Make Mitchell Trubisky throw
Mitchell Trubisky has had an underwhelming season, to say the least. However, the Bears are still absolutely capable of winning with him, despite his limitations in the passing game and inconsistency. The key to being able to stop the Bears is making Trubisky do more. In games this year where Trubisky throws 40 times or more, Chicago is 0-2. In games where he throws less than 40 times, Chicago is 2-0.
Forcing Trubisky to be more than a game manager would require something unexpected from the Chargers- having a lead. They haven’t led an NFL football game since September. The offense needs to at least have a pulse to force the Bears to keep up by passing instead of running it with David Montgomery or Tarik Cohen.