Jets rushing offense vs. Bears run defense
RB Isaiah Crowell rushed for 219 yards in Week Five and was averaging 5.7 yards per carry with five touchdowns before he was slowed down by a foot injury the past two weeks. Bilal Powell is averaging 4.3 per carry, but he suffered a neck injury last week as the Jets were held to 71 yards on 24 carries.
After four games the Bears led the NFL, allowing just 64 yards per game, but they were gashed for 161 yards at a 5.2-yard clip vs. the Dolphins in Week Six. They rebounded slightly vs. the Patriots, allowing 108 yards on 27 carries (4.0-yard average), but their effort was helped by the knee injury that sent rookie Sony Michel to the sidelines early in the first half.
Jets passing offense vs. Bears pass defense
Sam Darnold has suffered through the same inconsistencies that have plagued Bears second-year QB Mitch Trubisky, especially as it concerns his off-and-on accuracy issues. Darnold was intercepted three times vs. the Vikings and was 17-of-42 for 206 with one touchdown, his worst game as a pro with a 34.4 passer rating. But, like Trubisky, he ran for a touchdown in Week Seven and has demonstrated the ability to make big plays with his legs.
Darnold has played in just two games in which the temperature was below 50. Sunday’s scheduled high is 51. Jets are 0-4 when Darnold throws more than 30 passes. They’re 3-0 when he throws fewer than 30 passes.
Making the situation even more difficult for the rookie quarterback is a banged-up WR corps and an inexperienced TE group. WR Quincy Ununwa has been hobbled by an ankle injury, and Terrelle Pryor was recently released with a groin injury. The Jets are down to solid Jermaine Kearse and explosive Robby Anderson, who’s averaging 18.5 yards on 17 catches with three touchdowns.
The Bears remain first in interception percentage, led by CB Kyle Fuller, who has three picks in the past two games. S Eddie Jackson has two interceptions, and the Bears have 11 as a team, three more than they’ve had in any of the past three seasons. But the pass rush that defined the defense through the first quarter of the season has evaporated. In the past 88 pass attempts by opposing quarterbacks, covering nine quarters, the Bears have just one sack. Ringleader OLB Khalil Mack, who had five sacks and four forced fumbles in the first four games, has been practically nonexistent in the back-to-back losses, as he has struggled to overcome an ankle injury.