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NFL Week 4 Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears

Previewing the match-up between the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Chicago Bears, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 4 PREVIEWS:
DEN @ NYJ | NO @ DET | LAC @ TB | JAX @ CIN | MIN @ HOU | SEA @ MIA | CLE @ DAL | ARZ @ CAR
IND @ CHI | BAL @ WAS | NYG @ LAR | NE @ KC | BUF @ LV | PHI @ SF | ATL @ GB

Indianapolis Colts @ Chicago Bears
When: 10/4 @1pm
Watch: CBS
Point Spread:  Colts – 2.5
Over/Under: 43 
Moneyline:  Bears +115 |  Colts -133

Colts Key Injuries: Michael Pittman, WR, Lower Leg (O)
Bears Key Injuries: Khalil Mack, OLB, Undisclosed (Q)

Notes: After a stunning Week 1 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts dominated the Vikings and Jets over the next two weeks and now look like a true AFC contender. The offensive line is arguably the best in the league, running back Jonathan Taylor looks amazing, and the defense has been stifling as well. Linebacker Darius Leonard is playing like an All-Pro and the defensive line led by DeForest Buckner has surpassed all expectations. The weakness of the the team is on the perimeter, both offensively and defensively. The question is can the Chicago Bears take advantage?

Nick Foles has breathed new life into this offense since the benching of Mitchell Trubisky. He has developed a great chemistry with star wideout Allen Robinson, who should have a field day against the Colts corners. However, Foles is not a high volume passer and will need a strong showing from the rushing attack led by David Montgomery. Both teams want to build an early lead and play good defense. The game will likely come down to which team can be the most versatile. For the Colts, that means passing effectively. For the Bears, it means rushing effectively to keep the Colts pass rush honest.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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