For the first time this season, the Chicago Bears will go on the road as they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Heinz Field.
The Bears have won their first two games of the regular season while the Steelers have lost their first two games.
Entering their game against the Steelers, on paper at least, the Bears appear to be the better team. Unlike the Steelers, the Bears offense has been able to carry the team in their two games while the defense has come up with timely stops against opposing offensives.
For the Steelers, defense hasn’t been too much of a concern, though, they have lacked takeaways and sacks. Instead, the problem has been on offense as the Steelers only have scored a total of 19 points in their first two games of the season. In addition, the Steelers have only rushed for a combined 75 yards in their first two games.
If the Bears are going to remain undefeated after their game against the Steelers, here are the keys that the team must follow.
- Hand Signals on Offense-This is the first time this season that the Chicago Bears offense will be on the road. Meaning the verbal communication that was there for the Bears in their first two games of the season, likely won’t be there for the Bears in Pittsburgh. Chicago Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler needs to utilize hand signals on Sunday night and ensure that everyone on the offensive line is on the same page. Sunday’s game on the road will be a pivotal test for the Bears’ offensive line.
- Withstand the Storm-The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-2 and playing at home on a Sunday night prime-time game. The last thing that the Steelers want to do is start the season 0-3. A record of 0-3 essentially seals a team’s fate for the remainder of the season. There will be an initial storm by the Steelers on Sunday and the Bears need to withstand it. If they can, then the Bears will be in a position to win the game.
- Generate Pressure on Defense-The Chicago Bears defensive line has struggled in their first two games with generating pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That can’t happen this Sunday against Pittsburgh. If Ben Roethlisberger has time to make plays on Sunday, the veteran quarterback will certainly do so. The time is now for Julius Peppers and Henry Melton to, as Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would say, “Do. Your. Job”.
- Limit the Turnovers-While the Chicago Bears’ offense has been impressive given their modern reconstruction by head coach Marc Trestman, the team still has struggled with turnovers. Cutler has a total of four turnovers this season while Matt Forte has one. The Bears can not turn the ball over on the road, road teams rarely come away with a victory if they lose the turnover battle.