PFF Preview: Bears @ Jets, Week 3

Once again, the Bears will play in prime time, this time in New York to face the Jets. Kevin Connaghan gives you three players from each team to watch.

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PFF Preview: Bears @ Jets, Week 3

2014-Prev-WK03-CHI@NYJAfter scoring 21 unanswered fourth- quarter points in a comeback win over the 49ers, Marc Trestman’s 1-1 Chicago Bears will try to carry that momentum to New York, where they face Rex Ryan’s 1-1 Jets at MetLife Stadium on Monday Night Football. The Jets are seeking to forget about the chaotic manner of their defeat at Lambeau Field.

The Jets struggled to contain wide receiver Jordy Nelson in Week 2, allowing him to record nine catches for 209 yards, with three different Jets defensive backs conceding three receptions a piece. That will be music to the ears of Bears receiver Brandon Marshall. Through the first two weeks of the season Marshall has recorded a WR Rating of 120.6, fifth-best among receivers targeted at least 10 times, scoring four touchdowns on just 13 receptions. Expect Cutler to look his way often.

The Bears triumphed over the 49ers despite recording just 46 rushing yards, at a lowly 2.0 yards per carry, now they face a Jets’ defense which has been the stingiest in the league against the run through the first two weeks; allowing just 105 yards. That is no coincidence as the Jets have a number of players who have graded strongly against the run, led by nose tackle Damon Harrison (+4.1) who has recorded five stops on 24 run snaps for an impressive 20.8 Stop Percentage.

Here are three more notable numbers for each side:

Chicago Bears

Kyle Fuller – Fuller has intercepted two of the six passes thrown into his coverage, giving opposing passers an NFL QB rating of 38.9 when throwing his way.

Willie Young – Young has registered three sacks and three hurries on just 30 pass rush snaps, giving him a 17.5 Pass Rushing Productivity, leading all 4-3 defensive ends.

Kyle Long – The fifth-ranked (+4.4) offensive guard through the first two weeks of the season, Long has allowed just one QB hurry on 88 pass blocking snaps, giving him an impressive 99.1 Pass Blocking Efficiency grade.

New York Jets

Geno Smith –  While Smith has had an inconsistent start to the season and has struggled on passes less than 10 yards (-3.1), he has been more impressive when throwing further down the field, recording a +2.8 grade on passes of 10 yards or more.

Quinton Coples – Coples has racked up one sack, three QB hits, and six hurries on his way to an impressive 15.5 Pass Rushing Productivity grade, which ranks second among 3-4 rush linebackers.

Demario Davis – Davis has amassed more solo stops (seven) than any other Jet this season. Five of thoise came against the run giving Davis a 14.7 Run Stop Percentage, fourth-best among inside linebackers with more than 25 snaps against the run.

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Kevin has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, with a particular focus on college football.

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