Frank Reich will see his Indianapolis Colts play in a tough matchup on Sunday against the undefeated Chicago Bears. However, the Bears are a difficult team to read as they have struggled at times during their first few games, but have used some big rallies to help them start 3-0. Ahead of the game on Sunday between the Colts and the Bears, though, Reich sent the Bears a strong message on how Indy plans to play.
The Chicago Bears have had two big rallies so far this year
Throughout their first three games, the Chicago Bears struggled offensively. They are in the bottom half of the league in points per game with 24.7. Former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky struggled in those games too, as he threw for just 560 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions.
However, Chicago is still 3-0 thanks to some massive rallies in two of their first three games. During their season-opening win over the Detroit Lions, the Bears trailed 23-6 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. They ended up scoring 21 points in the fourth, though, to win 27-23.
Additionally, in Week 3 against Atlanta, the Bears trailed 26-10 at the beginning of the fourth. Chicago ended up putting Nick Foles in at quarterback, though, and he led them to a 30-26 win.
Foles ultimately went 16-of-29 through the air for 188 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the game. Foles is now the Bears starting quarterback instead of Trubisky, which could make it more difficult to prepare for the Bears.
Frank Reich sent the Bears a strong message
It’s clear by watching the Bears so far this year that they are good at playing from behind. Reich seems to be pretty aware of that too.
“For me, my foot is always down,” Reich said when asked about the importance of not letting up if the Colts lead entering the fourth quarter on Sunday, according to Sports Illustrated. “Yes, you’re right, I might call the game differently on offense depending on the situation and depending on the feel, but it’s just ingrained in my brain from a very young age – probably the way my dad was a coach and ingrained it into me – that you never let your guard down no matter what the score, until that final whistle is blown. I sure hope that that is ingrained in this team – that we never let our guard down, no matter what.”
The Indianapolis Colts lost their first game to the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-20. They, however, then defeated the Minnesota Vikings 28-11, and the New York Jets 36-7. According to Sports Illustrated, they outscored their last two opponents 15-8 in the fourth quarter and 32-8 in the second half. So, they don’t seem to be too unfamiliar with playing strong throughout the entire game.
“We play disciplined football and I think our guys are pretty wired in that no matter the situation, our mindset is always going to be the same,” Reich said, according to Sports Illustrated. “It’s one play at a time, resetting after every play, focus for each play, understanding the situation, and never letting our guard down.”
Heading into the game on Sunday, Reich is definitely making it known that the Colts plan to play until the very end.
How will the Colts and Bears match up?
This could actually be a defensive slugfest, as the Indianapolis Colts have the No. 1 defense in the league in terms of points allowed per game. They have ultimately allowed an average of 15 points per game through their first three games.
The Bears’ defense, on the other hand, is also a top 10 defense in terms of points allowed per game. They have allowed 20.7 points per game through three games.
Each defense has some excellent pieces too, as the Colts have Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner while the Bears have Khalil Mack and Eddie Jackson. Both defensive units should be fun to watch.
Offensively, both teams are dealing with some injuries, but they still have a few dangerous weapons, as well as some excellent leaders at quarterback in Philip Rivers and Nick Foles.
This game could be a big win for the Colts. The Bears, however, would probably love to stay undefeated. It should be a pretty exciting game.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference