2. The Chicago Bears must put pressure on Derek Carr
In the Raiders’ first loss of the season against those Los Angeles Chargers, Derek Carr was definitely off at times, especially to start the game. The Chargers’ defensive line showed exactly how to slow Carr down after he had started the season on a blazing tear.
In that game, Carr was hit eight times and taken down for four sacks. Following the game, Joey Bosa provided a pretty blatant quote as to how he felt going up against Carr that night.
"“He’s been having a great year, but we knew once we get pressure on him, he kind of shuts down and he’s not as effective with a crowded pocket, so that was the key to it.”"
Carr ended up having a pretty solid third quarter after failing to score in the first half, as he tossed a pair of touchdowns to bring the Raiders within striking distance. However, the Chargers defense took over once again and shut Carr out in the fourth quarter.
The Bears will likely be without Akiem Hicks on Sunday, but will have more than enough to get in the fact of Carr. Both Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn have gotten off to fast starts, as the latter looks more like his old self than the 2020 version we saw.
Chicago leads the league in sacks through four weeks this season, which is something nobody saw coming. Quinn has 4.5, Mack has 4.0, Roquan Smith has 2.0 and three other players have at least one. As a team, the Bears have also registered 26 quarterback hits in four games.
This is one area the Bears can dominate on Sunday, if they put focus on it as they have thus far.