San Diego Chargers Giving Three Points To Visiting Chicago Bears In 2010 NFL Preseason

August 12th, 2010- Written By Alex

The Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers will square off Saturday night in the preseason opener for both teams at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chicago Bears enter 2010 reeling off a 7-9 campaign in the prior year. For those keeping score at home, the Bears have now missed the playoffs three consecutive times and are looking to do everything in their power to break that streak this year. Over the summer, the team brought in coordinator, Mike Martz, who they hope will be able to fix an offense that was extremely faulty last year.

The San Diego Chargers finished the 2009 regular season with an impressive 13-3 record. Their success fizzled out quickly in the playoffs, though, when they ultimately ended up being upset by the New York Jets in the divisional round. The team is coming into their 2010 campaign facing multiple contract issues and holdouts with key players, and will need to get the situations sorted out before the real games start.

The Chargers have been set by USA Online Sportsbooks as three-point favorites in this one, with the over under resting right at 34 1/2-points.

The Bears’ offensive attack will be spearheaded by the very error-prone Jay Cutler. Cutler who was brought in from the Denver Broncos last year was heralded from the start as the soon-to-be greatest QB in Chicago history. Reality set in quick, however, and Cutler was unable to make much of the team’s weak receiving core. Not much has changed on that front, and the only thing that Cutler can do is try to develop some sort of familiarity the group, even if it is against strong defenses like the one he’ll face in the Chargers. Despite the team’s pass-happy offensive philosophy, look for Cutler to hand the ball off more to Matt Forte and Chester Taylor against the Chargers to keep the secondary honest.

Defensively, look for the Chargers to showcase new draft picks Donald Butler, Darrell Stuckey and Cam Thomas in a variety of packages. The youth movement is an attempt by San Diego to stay quick and athletic, all the while planning for the future. With the weak receiving group of the Bears, look for newcomers Nathan Vasher and Donald Strickland to perform very well in limited playing time.

Offensively the Chargers enter their match-up with the Bears with a lot of question marks. Obviously quarterback, Phillip Rivers will play a limited number of snaps, at which point it will be on backups Billy Volek and Jonathan Crompton to take over. With receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill both holding out, it will be good for San Diego to give their back-ups some playing time so that they can see who’s fit to replace the starters should the need arise in the regular season. Look for rookie running back, Ryan Mathews to show the team what he has against a fairly good Bears running defense. Also, make note of how receiver Josh Reed who’s coming from the Buffalo Bills plays, because if Jackson’s situation doesn’t resolved soon, a lot of the receiving responsibility will land squarely on Reed’s shoulders.

Defensively the Bears’ attack is now guided by former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach, Rod Marinelli. Linebacker, Brian Urlacher will have to step up this season if the team hopes to have any legitimate shot at making the playoffs, but it’s doubtful that he will play any significant time against the Chargers. The same theory will apply to the Bears’ offseason pickup, Julius Pepper, who will play in his first game in a Chicago uniform after inking a deal with the squad over the summer. Through their playing time will be limited, look for Zackary Bowman and Corey Graham to try to pick off whoever the Chargers’ passer is at least once as he/they struggles to find a target with some notable players missing on the offensive end.

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