Bears-Bills matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Nov. 05, 2010 @ 12:42 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Here's a look at a key matchup heading into Sunday's Week Nine game between the Bears and Bills in Toronto.

Bears TE Greg Olsen vs. Bills' pass defense

TE Greg Olsen had only three catches in the Bears' last game and he went without a catch in each of the two games prior, but the team has suggested that his lack of production doesn't mean QB Jay Cutler is ignoring Olsen or that plays designed to get him the ball aren't being called.

The Bears say that Olsen is disappearing at times because defenses are game-planning specifically to stop him. That strategy seems to be working well against the Bears, so it would be no surprise if the Bills followed suit in an attempt to force Cutler to throw to his wide receivers. Cutler has said Buffalo could shift from its base 3-4 defense to a 4-3 to better cover Olsen when he is in the game.

Tight ends have fared well against Buffalo this season — they have scored seven touchdowns against the Bills in the five games the team has played since Week Three, including two-TD days for Dustin Keller, Marcedes Lewis and Todd Heap. Olsen should have an edge when he lines up to a run a route with SLB Chris Kelsay covering him.

If offensive coordinator Mike Martz can find ways to get Olsen open, which he hasn't done a great job of doing lately, the Bears' offense could have one of its better games of the season.