Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season has gotten pretty wild. The Bills lost to the Jaguars. The Broncos dominated the Cowboys. The Browns blew out the Bengals. The Saints lost to the Falcons. The Giants beat the Raiders. The Chiefs and Packers played a game with almost no offense. The Cardinals won without Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. The Titans beat the Rams without Derrick Henry.
There’s only one game left in Week 9: the Chicago Bears travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Monday Night Football.” Will we get a similarly wild game to match the week we’ve had so far? Let’s hope so.
How to watch
Date: Monday, Nov. 8 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)
TV: Fox | Stream: fuboTV (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Steelers -7, O/U 39
When the Bears have the ball
We know what type of offensive team the Bears want to be — at least when Matt Nagy is coaching. They want to run the ball as often as possible and ask Justin Fields to do as little as possible. That’s just the way they’ve been approaching things. (Even last week when Fields had a season-high-tying 10 rushing attempts, eight of them were scrambles.)
Whether they try to run it with Khalil Herbert or the possibly returning from injured reserve David Montgomery remains to be seen, but we know they will try. How much success will they have running it against the Steelers? Probably not much.
Pittsburgh ranks sixth in rush defense DVOA this season, according to Football Outsiders, as well as ninth in the percentage of opponent rush attempts stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage. The Bears are a respectable 16th in rushing offense DVOA, but it’s not because the line is doing a good job of clearing running lanes. Chicago checks in 23rd in Adjusted Line Yards and 27th in the percentage of runs stopped at or behind the line. Running into Pittsburgh’s run defense is a good way to…