Now that the Chicago Bears have clinched a postseason berth, they’ll concentrate on making an attempt to select up a street win Sunday in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers and presumably enhance their seeding within the NFC playoffs.
The Bears secured the NFC North title final Sunday with a 24-17 victory at house over the Inexperienced Bay Packers. They’re nonetheless within the operating for one of many high two seeds within the NFC, which might give them at the very least one additional house sport in the event that they’re in a position to advance.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky needs the Bears (10-Four) to show that they’ll win on the street after a victory at house.
“It is form of like coming off a bye or coming off a loss,” Trubisky mentioned. “It is how you are going to reply to it. We have clinched; there’s sure methods you may go about this and we have simply obtained to have a workman’s perspective, come to work, proceed to get higher, keep rested and attempt to go 1-Zero every week.
“It would not matter if it is the common season, postseason. We have simply obtained to proceed to get higher, stick collectively and need to do nice issues. It begins each single day, each single week.”
Trubisky hasn’t been as sharp on the street as at house this season. He owns a 97.2 passer score at Soldier Discipline, however on the street his score has been 87.6 He missed two street video games with a shoulder harm and the Bears are 2-2 away from house in his begins.
The Bears’ offense needs to indicate their mettle in opposition to the 49ers’ protection on the street.
“You simply have gotten to take a look at your opponent and proceed to go on the market, do your job and play soccer,” Trubisky mentioned. “So it would not matter if it is the common season or the playoffs, we all know that issues will ramp up as soon as we get there however I do consider we’re prepared and we have simply obtained to have that mindset. We have got to maintain getting higher and be prepared for it it doesn’t matter what.”
The Bears are 7-1 at house however Three-Three on the street, to allow them to show a superb deal by successful their closing two video games.
“The good groups discover a solution to win on the street and take that to the following step,” Bears head coach Matt Nagy mentioned. “Our guys perceive that. We will have two street video games right here in a row which are going to be difficult. I do not assume there’s any magic to it. Each sport is just a little bit totally different once you discuss video games on the street.”
Nagy thinks the 120.Four passer score that Trubisky posted within the victory over Inexperienced Bay can go a great distance towards boosting his confidence in a playoff sport. A 12-yard landing move to Trey Burton was one in all Trubisky’s greatest passes of the season, Nagy mentioned.
“So, for him, I feel it’ll be a matter of staying inside the system, trusting his coaches, trusting his teammates, not making an attempt to do an excessive amount of however but not holding again,” Nagy mentioned. “You noticed within the sport he is nonetheless utilizing his legs. He made an important throw to (Adam) Shaheen on the ad-lib play, scrambled and made an important throw. So he is obtained all that in him.
“We’re not there but. However in a pair weeks once we get there, the blokes are going to really feel that there’s one other stage to it. That is down the street. He is obtained to continue to grow right here within the subsequent two video games.”
Regardless of two straight wins, a shocking latest historical past of success in December, a win in opposition to this identical workforce final season, and the truth that they’re going to be enjoying at house, the 49ers (Four-10) are the underdog this week in opposition to the Bears and their tenacious protection.
“They play sound, however they hold every part boxed in,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned. “They’re excellent of their entrance seven. They’ve the personnel to do it and the scheme to do it. With their edge setters, they’ve huge guys inside who haven’t got to maneuver in any respect due to how effectively they set the sting on the surface, which helps your linebackers not must be in a lot area.
“They usually play bodily. They’ve at all times had a move rush. They do alternative ways of it. They do have some pressures and stuff, however they not often run pressures that makes their coverages weak.”
The 49ers will not must face Bears security Eddie Jackson, who will not play due to a foot harm. The hope is that he could be prepared for a wild-card spherical playoff sport.
Deon Bush will take Jackson’s place in his first begin since 2016.
“I have been right here for 3 years so I do know much more than I knew previously,” Bush mentioned. “And I am simply going on the market and simply enjoying quick proper now.”