Chicago Bears must game plan for these 4 Arizona Cardinals

Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
5 of 5
Patrick Peterson Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Patrick Peterson

Cornerback Patrick Peterson is the one guy who can turn a game on its head in an instant for the Cardinals. Over his eight year career, Peterson has become one of the most feared men on the field, regardless of position. As of late, the Cardinals’ defense hasn’t been as good as it was a few years ago, so you don’t hear as much about Peterson.

He is a player who is electric with the ball in his hands, which hasn’t happened as much this year as it has in past years. This is due to the Cardinals not using him on punt returns in 2018, but if they continue to be abysmal in all areas of the game, Peterson may see some action there in the future.

Whether it’s via interception or a punt return, Peterson has five career touchdowns. Beyond just the touchdowns, though, he is of course tough to throw on. The Bears will have to ensure he doesn’t get many opportunities for a pick, getting Mitch Trubisky in the right formations and helping him making the correct decisions.

What helped Trubisky avoid turnovers in the second half of Monday night’s game was him getting the ball out quicker. The Bears have speed of their own on offense, and that certainly helps when Trubisky is trying to connect on quick passes. If Peterson doesn’t have time to read the quarterback, it makes it tougher for him to do what he does best.

Next. Bears face key decisions going into Cardinals game. dark

Peterson has 22 career interceptions, and if Trubisky isn’t careful on Sunday, he could turn that number into 23 or even 24. Defensively, it’s Peterson and Jones whom the Bears need to worry about.