I was thinking about how the Bears must be feeling about this game this week. So, lets put ourselves in the shoes of our opponents this week. We all know that there are three phases of the game to plan for: offense, defense, and special teams. With the new rules, special teams is hardly a threat anymore. Our defense is pretty transparent if you have seen any of the Eagles games this season. The new secondary scheme has them playing lights out with plenty of talent and depth at CB. Over the top throws against our safeties would be probably an obvious choice if quaterbacks can get the time to throw them. Our defensive line is getting to quarterbacks regularly with the new wide 9 sets and, as of lately, the running game has been limited as well. Our obvious weakness comes from our linebackers who seem to rotate their positions regularly. They have struggled against tight ends, slot receivers, and running backs. Accordingly, most teams could target short throws over the middle, longer passes over the corners, or establishing the run and using play action.
So what about our offense? How are teams supposed to gameplan against an offense that seemed to be unstoppable last week. The Cowboys saw an offense that was just plain brilliant in every way. The playcalling was good, from both the coaches and audibles by Vick at the line. LeSean McCoy is getting accolades from, what seems to be, every pundit and analyst out there. Safeties are playing "500 yards" deep to prevent Desean Jackson from burning them. Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant are reaping the benefits of deeper safeties creating mismatches against linebackers. The offensive line took care of their assignments and nullified the blitzes. Brent Celek was able to finally get involved as he was not needed as much as a blocker.
Seems like every aspect of our offense is unstoppable. How do you try to stop this offense? Complicate your defensive scheme in hopes to confuse Vick? Focus the majority of your attention on stopping the run? or the pass? Play zone and hope for turnovers? Blitz without end and hope you get to Vick before he can make a play?
What would you do?