ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams looks, unsuccessfully, for a touchdown call against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
It would be easy to say that the Bears main point of focus versus the Rams this weekend would be to establish the running game and get back to the basics with the passing game, but we want to focus on a different match-up: The Bears pass rush versus the Rams passing game.
The Rams offense showed marked improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, and below we will look at a couple of examples.
Sam Bradford - Week 1
Sacked: 4 times
17/25, 198 yds, 1 TD
Sam Bradford - Week 2
Sacked: 2 times
26/35, 310 yards, 2 TD
So far in 2012, the Bears have registered a total of 8 sacks, with DT Henry Melton (3) and DT Julius Peppers (2) leading the charge. Rookie DE Shea McClellin and DE Corey Wootton each come in with 1.5.
Over the last few seasons, we have seen time and time again the Bears pass rush completely disappear for several games at a time, and, while the secondary has improved, it still does not have the talent to sustain pass coverage for very long. If given the chance, especially after last week's game versus the Redskins, Sam Bradford could carve up our defense... The Bears better keep that pressure coming.