Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears Matchup Preview 10/27/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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The (2-5) Chargers are on a three-game losing streak and the addition of Melvin Gordon has not helped. Austin Ekeler was electric in the first couple weeks, but the Chargers’ offense has not been the same since. They now sit in last place of the AFC West which no real hope of making a comeback. The (3-3) Bears are having their own problems as well. Their offense has failed to get anything significant going and David Montgomery has looked like a major bust. The main reason for their three wins is their defense which has been able to live up to most of the preseason hype that they got. Their two-game losing streak has hurt their divisional championship chances but they are not fully out of it. For odds movement and full matchup history, check out the Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 1:00pm EST
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois
Coverage: FOX

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers: S Nasir Adderley (Q), NT Brandon Mebane (Q), DT Justin Jones (Q), DE Melvin Ingram III (Q), RB Justin Jackson (Q), DT Cortez Broughton, NT Damion Square (Q), FB Derek Watt (Q)
Chicago Bears: CB Sherrick McManis (Q)

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

Los Angeles ChargersThe Chargers’ offense faces its toughest defense of the season this week against the Bears. Outside of their game against the Dolphins, they have failed to put up over 20 points in any game since Week 1 against the Colts in their overtime victory. In their last three games, the Chargers have not eclipsed 40 rushing yards. They need Melvin Gordon to get it together if they want any chance of winning. Without an established running game, they haven’t been able to keep up with the opposition.

To beat the Bears this week, they will need to focus on defense. They won’t be scoring much against the Bears even with their best efforts, so they will need to limit the Bears’ offense. Mitchell Trubisky has not been at his best this season but looked much better towards the end of their last game and was able to move the ball and put up points. The Chargers can’t allow this if they are to remain competitive in this game. Offensively, they need to focus on getting their run game established. 30 yards of total rushing yards is not going to put up many points. Melvin Gordon is one of the top running backs in the league and should be getting more touches as he keeps being integrated back into the offense.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Philip Rivers
RB1: Melvin Gordon
RB2: Austin Ekeler
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mike Williams
WR3: Geremy Davis
TE: Hunter Henry

Chicago Bears Analysis

Chicago BearsThe Bears should be viewing this game as a must-win for them if they want to compete in a challenging NFC North. The Chargers serve as one of the easier opponents that they have remaining on their schedule. A win here will keep them within reach of the NFC North race for first. The real problem for the Bears is their offense. Like the Chargers, the Bears win when their running game is effective. In the last two games, they have failed to reach 50 yards of rushing which has resulted in two losses. They have never won a game under 70 yards of rushing. Lucky for them, the Chargers have had problems with the run. They have allowed 117.1 rushing yards per game which is worse than the average.

Defensively, the Bears just need to rebound. They let the Raiders score 24 in Week 5 and the Saints score 36 last week. They don’t have the type of offense to win those types of games. If they can hold the Chargers to under 20 points, I would expect them to give their fans an enjoyable experience with a win. They will do this by stopping Melvin Gordon. He has yet to produce any numbers like last season, but he has the ability to spark in any game. They need to not take him too lightly and give him nowhere to go.

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

Daily Fantasy

I don’t expect many players to have a huge game this week. It will be more of a defensive battle if anything, but my one pick would be Tarik Cohen this week. The Bears need to return to their run game if they want to win this game. David Montgomery does not seem like the answer currently, so it is up to Cohen to get it going. His receiving value only adds to what he can produce. The Chargers are above the median for allowing points to running backs this season which has all signs pointing Cohen having one of his bigger games this week.

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