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Chicago Bears 2020 Pressure Report: Week 1

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How did the Chicago Bears offensive line hold up against the Detroit Lions pass rush?

Overall, Mitch Trubisky was sacked just one time. While there was pressure on the play, Trubisky holding the ball so long, and running backwards resulted in the sack. Trubisky also lost the ball, an ugly play on his part.

With that in mind, that pressure is on him, and not the offensive line. However, while the offensive line can say that they are not responsible for a sack, Trubisky was hit four other times against the Lions and pressured 17 times, according to Pro Football Focus.

All four times Trubisky was hit were occasions when the Lions brought more than four rushers, though. These are occasions where Trubisky either needs to alert his running back to pick up the blitz, slide the protection, or he knows he will take the hit, and stand in the pocket or make a hot read. With that in mind, all five times he was hit, you can argue it was on Trubisky.

Trubisky was pressured 11 times, and those were on the offensive line.

Leno spent most of the day matched up with Romeo Okwara and Trey Flowers. Leno had a great pass blocking day, especially considering he had the two best Lions lineman against him. He surrendered just two pressures, and overall held off the duo.

Trey Flowers kicked inside and saw Daniels often. Flowers was the most dominant lineman of the group, and most of his wins came against Daniels. Still, while Flowers won, Daniels handled himself well, and only allowed one quarterback pressure, of course being allowed to Flowers.

Whitehair spent most of his day lined up across from Da’Shawn Hand and Danny Shelton. Whitehair was a catalyst on key inside runs, but had his ups and downs against the duo. He allowed a pressure to each lineman, although they were the only two he allowed. Of course, his expectations are to be the best of this group, and not give up any.

Ifedi spent the majority of his day on Da’Shawn Hand. Flowers, who moves around, got the better of Ifedi in this game, and Hand beat him as well. In total, he allowed three pressures.

It was the worst performance of the group, but given the expectations that is no surprise. Ifedi had no training camp and switched teams and positions. With that in mind, he played well.

Massie saw a handful of rookie Julian Okwara. Okwara wins with speed and surprised Massie at times, getting two pressures on Trubisky. The older, and a bit slower Massie may have issues against speed rushers moving forward.

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Buffalo Bills: 4 X-Factors in Week 3 against the LA Rams

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Mitch Morse #60 of the Buffalo Bills readies to snap the ball during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Baltimore defeats Buffalo 24-17. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

These are four players who could be X-Factors for the Buffalo Bills in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams.

In the first two games, the Buffalo Bills have gotten big performances from key players outside of the team’s stars like Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and Tre’Davious White.

In Week 1, the play of Andre Roberts as their returner helped the Bills win the position battle against the New York Jets. While in Week 2, it was a diving touchdown catch by Gabriel Davis that helped the Bills take the lead back in the fourth quarter while Tyrel Dodson had big shoes to fill replacing Tremaine Edmunds and did a pretty good job.

These are four players in Week 3 who could play a pivotal role in helping the Buffalo Bills secure a victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Mitch Morse

There is no question that Buffalo Bills starting center Mitch Morse has a tall order in front of him with Aaron Donald lining up on the other side. The Rams defensive tackle is one of the best in the league and the Bills coaching staff has likely put together a comprehensive gameplan to try and slow him down.

One of the keys is going to be double team Aaron Donald whenever possible and this will mean that Morse will likely be helping out either Quinton Spain or Cody Ford at time.

However, communication will also be a key to their success and this is certainly going to fall on the Bills’ center. The Rams will likely try to stunt Donald or send delay blitzes behind the defensive tackle to try and get after Josh Allen.

There will be plenty of pressure on the Buffalo Bills offensive line, and especially Mitch Morse, in a key game for this team.

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4 big Panthers storylines to watch at the Chargers in Week 3

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What are some of the big storylines to keep a close eye on when the Carolina Panthers travel to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 of the 2020 season?

There might not be much riding on this season for the Carolina Panthers, but they will need to pick up their first win sooner rather than later.

It has been ten games since the Carolina Panthers’ loyal fanbase got the sweet taste of victory to celebrate. They deserve better and even though the most optimistic supporter went into this campaign with a sense of skepticism, it will not take much longer for the natives to get even more restless given the way this new-look roster has performed in their opening two games.

They face another significant challenge during their longest road trip of the season at the Los Angeles Chargers, who come into the game on the back of a creditable display against the Kansas City Chiefs that eventually ended with an overtime loss to the Super Bowl champions.

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert will get the start once again after Tyrod Taylor remains sidelined with a punctured lung following a procedure by a team doctor that went wrong. The former Oregon sensation showed enormous promise during an eye-catching debut and the signal-caller will be hoping for more success against a defense that has its fair share of weaknesses.

Everything will go right for the Panthers if they want to get anything out of this one. Starting the season 0-3 would be demoralizing for the coaching staff, players, and fans in equal measure and it would be a long road back to respectability when one considers the strength of opponents remaining on the schedule.

Here are some big storylines to watch from Carolina’s perspective when they take on the Chargers this weekend.

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Chicago Bears: 3 Keys to a victory over the Atlanta Falcons

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The Chicago Bears will need to rely on these three areas to beat the Falcons

It has not been pretty, but the Chicago Bears are undefeated two weeks into the 2020 NFL season. This team has had some great moments, but also some really bad ones. In Week 1 the team did not show up for the first three quarters, but then in the fourth quarter, it seemed like everyone woke up. Most hoped it was just rust from not playing in the preseason, but Week 2 did not help erase fan’s fears that this team has flaws.

The first half of the Giants game looked great, but then things slightly derailed in the second half. The offense could not seem to find its groove again. When it comes to playing the Falcons in Week 3, putting up 17 points will not be enough. The team must find a way to score more points.

Now, in the Bears defense, a blown pass interference call on Eddie Jackson negated a defensive touchdown and a perfectly thrown ball to Anthony Miller was dropped in the end zone. Had either or both of these went the Bears way, the scoreboard would have looked much different. The good news for the Chicago Bears is that the Falcons defense has allowed the most points per game in the NFL thus far this season. This will be a good test for Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy.

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