TOJ Let’s Get Weird: Week 8 – Jets vs. Bears

Dan Essien previews the New York Jets week 8 matchup against the Chicago Bears with Let’s Get Weird.

The New York Jets are coming off of a somewhat predictable loss to the Minnesota Vikings. This week doesn’t get any easier, though. With a bye week coming next in week 9 for the Jets, will they be taking momentum into the bye or some negativity. Let’s preview this matchup with the Bears in this week’s Let’s Get Weird.

Game notes

Offensive Opposites

It’d be hard for the Jets and Bears to be any more opposite offensively. The Bears have a potent, aggressive offensive that utilizes the speed they have at their skill positions, and the athletic ability of their quarterback. The Jets have…their offense…which is constantly out of rhythm and will be without two of their top wide receivers in Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa and without Bilal Powell. This game definitely has the feel of a potential blowout, particularly with the game being in Chicago. What both teams do have in common on offense are two young quarterbacks with Sam Darnold and Mitch Trubisky. The Jets need to do their best to make Mitch Trubisky as uncomfortable or more than Sam Darnold on Sunday.

Edge nightmares

The Jets will be coming up against another elite edge defender on Sunday. So far the Jets offensive line results against them haven’t been great. Myles Garrett destroyed the Jets offensive line in the Jets week 3 loss to the Browns. Ngakoue had success against the Jets line as well, recording a sack and 2 QB hits in the Jets week 4 loss to the Jaguars. However, Von Miller was held without a sack in the Jets week 5 win against the Broncos. On Sunday, the Jets face the best of them all in Khalil Mack. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’ll be rushing for 323 yards like they did against Denver, which helped keep Miller at bay. The Bears have the fourth best rush defense in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game.


Jamal Adams Show

Jamal Adams talked during week about how he thought he’d be the Chicago Bears first round pick in the 2017 draft. Instead they decided to pick Mitch Trubisky. I think Adams will be Trubisky’s worst nightmare in this matchup. This is not just because Adams will be extra motivated (he’s really never not motivated), but because the matchup works. The Bears like to spread things out and get players into space. They particularly like to get Tre Burton and Tarik Cohen. Adams will likely be shadowing both players at different times throughout the game and I think he’s going to be all over them. Look for Adams to get interception number 2 in this game.

Any Given Sunday

As I mentioned earlier, this game has all the makings of a blowout. However, I think the Jets defense miraculously keeps them in this game. I think the final margin will be no more than a touchdown and it’ll be way more competitive than many assume. I think the Jets defense wins the turnover battle and makes it interesting.


The Year 2000

The Jets don’t play the Bears too often, but they’ve lost their last four matchups. The last time the Jets won was in 2000 when they beat the Bears 17-10. It was an ugly, defensive game, where both teams finished under 300 total yards, and were a combined 8/29 on third down. The Jets defense recovered 3 fumbles and their defense held on in the second half despite the offense not scoring a single point. That might be the only way the Jets win tomorrow: Just enough offense, and a bunch of takeaways.