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Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: CBS
Logo Indianapolis Colts
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Logo Chicago Bears
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OPENNER
45

-3.5 -110
CURRENT
44.5o -110

-190
MONEYLINE
+165

19
SCORE
11

The Chicago Bears could face their toughest test yet this season when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.

 

Chicago (3-0) enters Week 4 as one of seven unbeaten teams to start the 2020 campaign. It has been an unorthodox path to perfection for the Bears, who have won all three games by four-point margins. Furious three-TD rallies at Detroit Week 1 and in Atlanta last week with Nick Foles at the controls off the bench helped carve a most unpredictable path.

 

"It has truly taken everybody," Bears tight end Jimmy Graham, who has three receiving touchdowns to lead the team. "It's truly taken every player, every coach -- offense, defense and special teams -- to pull out these wins. And when you're able to do things like this ... that's when you know you're building something special."

 

Foles heads into the Colts game as the Bears' clear-cut No. 1 signal-caller after replacing teammate Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter last week. Foles engineered a fourth-quarter rally to knock off the Atlanta Falcons and seize the starting job going forward.

 

For Foles and the Bears, the challenge figures to be tougher this week against the Colts (2-1). The Colts are guided by Frank Reich. The second-year head coach was with the Philadelphia Eagles as quarterback coach -- and Foles' bible study partner, meeting room mentor and friend -- when Foles replaced Carson Wentz and won Super Bowl MVP.

 

"He was the one who really figured me out as a player," Foles said of Reich's tutelage in 2017.

 

Indianapolis is coming off back-to-back wins over the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.

 

The Colts rolled to a 36-7 victory over New York last week thanks in large part to an aggressive defense that registered two sacks and three interceptions against Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

 

The Colts have allowed only 225.3 yards per game, which is the best mark in the NFL. They'll have plans to get Foles out of a rhythm.

 

"Nick is about as unflappable of a person as I've ever been around," Foles said. ""He's a very unique player in that regard. Extremely talented. He's a big-time passer; this guy, he just has this knack for making big plays like few I've ever seen, and then he has this knack for coming up big in big moments. In the biggest moments, that's usually when he's at his best. ... He's a stud, man."

 

Colts veteran quarterback Philip Rivers has skillfully managed the offense, completing 17 of 21 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in his latest game. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor added 59 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.

 

Taylor credited Rivers with setting the tone for the calm-and-steady Colts.

 

"Seventeen years, there's not one defensive scheme that you can put in his face that he doesn't have an answer to," Taylor said. "When you have a guy who has experience like that, you know that you're in good hands."

 

The line of scrimmage could decide this showdown, and a special matchup is likely to take place on the interior as Colts offensive lineman Quenton Nelson goes up against Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks.

 

Chicago's defense as a whole will look for a better performance in Week 4. The Bears are No. 15 in the league with 364.0 yards allowed per game, and they have not yet shown the elite performance they hoped to achieve.

 

This is the first time the Bears and Colts have met since 2016, when Indianapolis held on for a 29-23 win at home. The Colts lead the all-time series 24-19 but have lost two of the last three matchups.

 

The Bears will be without dynamic running back Tarik Cohen, who tore his ACL last week against Atlanta and will miss the rest of the season. Cohen's absence could mean a heavier workload for David Montgomery, and former Oregon State running back Artavis Pierce could make his NFL debut after the team promoted him from the practice squad this week.

 

--Field Level Media

 

PREDICTION
Indianapolis Colts
23
20
Chicago Bears

Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears

Philip Rivers passed for 190 yards and a touchdown and Rodrigo Blankenship kicked four field goals Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts defeated the host Chicago Bears 19-11 to earn their third straight victory.

The Colts (3-1) outgained the Bears 289-269 en route to snapping a six-game road losing streak. Chicago converted just 4-of-14 third-down opportunities. Blankenship, an undrafted rookie, drilled field goals of 21, 30, 44 and 30 yards to improve to 12-for-14 this season and helped clean up the Colts' red-zone converting issues.

Bears quarterback Nick Foles was 26-for-42 passing for 249 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in his first start for Chicago (3-1).

Julian Blackmon intercepted Foles deep in Colts territory with 11:10 to play, and Indianapolis responded with a 13-play drive that swallowed 7:12 of clock time and culminated with the final Blankenship field goal to extend the Indianapolis lead to 19-3.

Foles connected with Allen Robinson for a 16-yard touchdown with 1:41 to go before David Montgomery ran for the two-point conversion to draw within the final margin. The Colts recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Robinson had seven catches for 101 yards. The Colts' Jonathan Taylor led all rushers with 17 carries for 68 yards, while Montgomery had 10 carries for 27 yards for Chicago.

Indianapolis opened the scoring on its first possession of the game, as Rivers connected with tight end Mo Alie-Cox for a 13-yard touchdown to punctuate a six-play, 65-yard drive. Colts rookie linebacker Jordan Glasgow helped give his team strong field position as he blocked a Pat O'Donnell punt on Chicago's opening drive.

The teams traded red-zone field goals to begin the second quarter, with the Bears' Cairo Santos kicking a 27-yarder before Blankenship answered with a 21-yarder.

The Colts took a 13-3 lead into halftime, scoring on a 30-yard Blankenship kick with six seconds to go in the second quarter.

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard missed the second half with a groin injury.

The Colts improved to 25-19 against the Bears all-time, including 13-10 on the road. Chicago had won six of the previous nine meetings in the series.

--Field Level Media

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