Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears must start street fight, not track meet, to upset Falcons Bears need to pressure Falcons' Matt Ryan and lean on the run game from the outset By HUB ARKUSHSept. 8, 2017 CHICAGO — Can the Chicago Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field?CHICAGO — Can the Chicago Bears beat the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Soldier Field? What were the odds on Kansas City knocking off the Patriots Thursday night in Foxboro? The problems for the Bears, of course, are that Mike Glennon doesn’t appear to be Alex Smith and Chicago has no receivers likely to imitate Tyreek Hill. On the other hand, the Chiefs have no one to match Jordan Howard, and I’m not positive Tarik Cohen won’t have a few Kareem Hunt moments before the season is over. On the other side of the ball, Justin Houston took the game over for Kansas City in the fourth quarter in New England, and like Houston, Leonard Floyd is a Georgia alum with some similar assets.Mike Glennon has to stay within himself, focus on efficiency, not explosion, and above all else take care of the football. If Dowell Loggains will stick like glue to his club’s strengths — give Jordan Howard the ball at least 20 times on the ground, 10 or so more carries for Cohen and make the passing game go through the tight ends and Cohen and Howard as well with short, safe ball-control tosses — he can accomplish two things: It will keep the Falcons offense off the field and hopefully put some points on the board. That’s the game plan. The key to making it work is Hroniss Grasu and Cody Whitehair – we’d love to see Kyle Long but it just doesn’t seem likely – have to handle Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe inside, and Charles Leno has to start earning some of his new riches with at least a standoff against the NFL’s best pass rusher in 2016, Vic Beasley, Jr.The Falcons will occasionally move Beasley around, and if they do flip him over on Bobby Massie, Loggains has to have a plan to get Massie some help in what would be a bad matchup for the Bears. What made the Falcons' defense special late last year on their run to the Super Bowl was the speed and athleticism of Beasley, Deion Jones and DeVondre Campbell at linebacker and Keanu Neal at safety, but that isn’t the worst matchup in the world for the Bears with Howard’s vision and power and Cohen’s quickness and ability to get lost in traffic. The Falcons were just 17th in the NFL against the run last year and tied for 25th in average gain allowed per rush. That’s a matchup the Bears have to win to have a chance.On the other side of the ball, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is the NFL’s reigning MVP, Devonta Freeman is the league’s second-leading scoring running back over the past two seasons behind only David Johnson and Julio Jones is the best receiver in the world. The Bears answer to “Matty Ice” has to be Floyd and Co. with non-stop pressure all day long. The Falcons were just 24th in the NFL last year in QB sacks allowed per pass attempt. Jake Matthews, Andy Levitre and Alex Mack are as good from left tackle into center as any team in the league, but on the right side guard Wes Schweltzer and tackle Ryan Schraeder aren’t special, so the big leap in play the Bears are hoping for from Eddie Goldman and Jonathan Bullard is a must to slow Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and get to Ryan.With Prince Amukamara unlikely to go, Kyle Fuller and Marcus Cooper will have to work overtime on Jones, Mohammed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel. The only chance to limit Jones – nobody stops him – is to bracket him with a corner and a safety, which makes the lesser-known Gabriel ultra dangerous in the slot. Welcome to the bigs, rookie safety Eddie Jackson. There are multiple reasons the Bears are one of the biggest underdogs of the weekend, but they can compete with Atlanta if they make the game a street fight, win the one-on-one physical matchups and refuse to get into a track meet.