Chicago Bears: Three keys to beating Arizona Cardinals

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Third Key to the Game: Come out swinging on the opening drive

Through their first-two opening drives, the Chicago Bears are perfect, scoring touchdowns both times.

Mitch Trubisky has thrown just one incompletion. While just one game resulted in a win, getting off to a good start is especially important against the Cardinals. Here’s why:

While the Packers and Seahawks can afford to play from behind with elite quarterbacks, the Cardinals absolutely cannot. Forcing Bradford to throw in a two-score game fits perfectly into the Bears plans.

As mentioned before, forcing Bradford to throw is a good thing. For one, it pretty much removes David Johnson from the game, while allowing the Bears to pressure a below-average quarterback into above-average quality throws.

Getting off to a quick lead surely benefits the defense, but it might just benefit the offense more. A big lead takes pressure off the offense, especially Trubisky. And while the first big lead didn’t stand, Phoenix isn’t as hostile of an environment as Green Bay, and Sam Bradford is no Aaron Rodgers, not even on his best day.

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Its that simple. Blitz, stop the run and get off to a quick lead. All of this will hopefully equate to a 20-0 halftime lead, and an easy win.

Ok maybe I’m thinking a little too wishfully. But in all seriousness, the Bears should win this game.

Will they? Well, if they follow those three keys, it’ll be pretty hard to beat them.