Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos Matchup Preview 9/15/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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In week 2, this intriguing matchup showcases two teams that have strong defenses and offenses that were not productive in week 1. The Bears scored only 3 points against the Packers and had only 254 yards of total offense, while the Broncos only had 16 points and 344 yards on offense. The Bears offense could easily rebound this week against a Broncos defense that failed to stop the Raiders last week. This game should be another low-scoring game, and the main factor that will decide this game is whether the Bears offense shows up to play. If the Bears can put up enough points on offense, they will comfortably win this game. The Bears defense should have no problem stopping the Broncos offense, which was very inefficient until the fourth quarter last week. However, if the Bears offense does not play well, this will be a very low scoring game, and the Broncos will have a chance to beat the Bears in Denver. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, September 15th, 2019
Time: 4:25 ET
Location: Empower Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
Chicago Bears: TE Trey Burton (Q) – Groin, DT Eddie Goldman (Q) – Oblique
Denver Broncos: CB Bryce Callahan (Q) – Foot, T Ju’Wuan James (O) – Knee, FB Andy Janovich (Q) – Pectoral, LB Joe Jones (Q) – Triceps, LB Todd Davis (Q) – Calf, G Ron Leary (Q) – Quadricep
Chicago Bears Analysis
The Bears defense is unreal. They held the Packers offense to only 10 points last game, which is an amazing feat, considering how much talent the Packers have in their offense. If they can hold the Packers to 10 points, they should have no problem against a Broncos offense that struggled to produce against the Raiders defense, which was the worst in the NFL last year.
There are a lot of questions on the offensive side of the ball. Mitch Trubisky played horribly. His abysmal staline of 228 yards and 1 interception has to improve if the Bears want to win games. Trubisky was not the only piece of the offense that struggled. The Bears running backs did not do very well, with 46 rushing yards, and the offensive line allowed 5 sacks. This week is a great opportunity for the Bears to rebound. The Broncos are without starting CB Bryce Callahan, and his backup, Isaac Yiadom, struggled against the Raiders. If the Bears pick on Yiadom throughout the game, they can open up the offense and give Trubisky some confidence going forward.
Every game for the Bears is extremely important this season. They are in a difficult division with the Packers and Vikings, and the Bears need to win games against mediocre opponents like the Broncos if they want to win the division.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
QB: Mitchell Trubisky
RB1: David Montgomery
RB2: Tarik Cohen
WR1: Allen Robinson
WR2: Taylor Gabriel
WR3: Anthony Miller
TE: Trey Burton
Denver Broncos Analysis
Joe Flacco did not look good in his debut against the Raiders. He missed many wide open passes and did not always look confident throwing the ball from the pocket. Additionally, the play calling for the Broncos was awful until the fourth quarter. Emmanuel Sanders, the best pass catcher for the Broncos, did even get targeted until the end of the second quarter. The Broncos need to rely on him more if they want to do well against the Bears. They will not be able to rely on their rushing attack, because the Bears rush defense is just so good. Even though the duo of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman is very good, they will not be able to run through the Bears defense.
The Broncos defense is expected to do very well this season, but they did not show up against the Raiders. The duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb was very quiet, with 0 combined sacks. The Broncos defense has to step it up for this game. The pass rushers may do better this game against the Bears offensive line that is much worse than the Raiders offensive line. If that happens, the Broncos could generate a lot of turnovers. As I mentioned above, the Bears allowed 5 sacks last week, and may face even more sacks this week against a better Broncos pass rush. The outlook for this season does not look too good for the Broncos. They are in a tough division and started the season with a loss. However, they could upset this Bears team if their own defense shows up to play.
Denver Broncos Depth Chart
QB: Joe Flacco
RB1: Phillip Lindsay
RB2: Royce Freeman
WR1: Emmanuel Sanders
WR2: Courtland Sutton
WR3: DaeSean Hamilton
TE: Jeff Heuerman
Daily Fantasy: Target Receivers
Allen Robinson (DK: $6,100, FD: $7,200) and Emmanuel Sanders (DK: $4,700, FD: $5,600) will do well this game. Last week, Raiders WR1 Tyrell Williams had a great game against the Broncos, and Robinson should be no different. He is Trubisky’s primary target and is in line to do well.
I like Emmanuel Sanders for this game, but I am not completely convinced he will have a big game. He can find a way to produce against almost any defense, but he might have trouble getting going. He is a cheap pick for this week, but the ceiling for his production is limited at around 100 yards and a touchdown. It would be very difficult for him to perform better than that against the Bears. He is a safe bet, but will not outperform expectations this week.
This game will likely feature a lot of pass attempts because the running backs may not be able to find room against this tough defense. Phillip Lindsay is very talented, but I would not start any running back against the Bears.