The Chicago Bears pulled off one of Week 1’s biggest upsets when they beat the San Francisco 49ers, but things won’t get any easier when they travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in Week 2.

The Bears can certainly make things a lot easier, however, through multiple avenues. More disciplined play, another round of minimal turnovers, and continuing to make good decisions are a few of said avenues.

But the widest avenue of all would be to repeat the same game plan that keyed the Bears’ big win over the 9ers: no blitzing.

That’s right, per TruMedia, the Bears followed the Buffalo Bills‘ defensive strategy against the Los Angeles Rams and did not send an extra rusher after Trey Lance throughout the entire game.

The blitz-less strategy is undefeated when it comes to the win/loss column. Per The Athletic‘s Kevin Fishbain, since 2018, four teams have gone an entire game without blitzing once.

All of them won their respective games. Aside from this year’s Bears and Bills, the Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-20, in 2021 and the Detroit Lions beat the New England Patriots, 26-10, in 2018.

As we can see, history proves this is a great blueprint to slow down effective offenses and most importantly – win games.

But things get even juicier when you look at the Packers’ Week 1 stats against four or less rushers.

Per Sports Info Solutions, Packers quarterbacks combined to complete 25-of-37 passes for 223 net yards and an interception against four or less rushers. Packers QBs were also sacked four times, which was the fifth-highest amount of sacks allowed against four or fewer rushers in Week 1.

The advanced analytics are awful, too. The Packers averaged -0.26 EPA/att against four or fewer rushers, which was seventh-worst. Their passing mark of 4.3 ANY/A was sixth-worst.

And as it turns out, the Bears were solid when rushing four or fewer against the 49ers last week. SIS has them with the fifth-highest pressure percentage (53.3%), they had 2.0 sacks, which tied for 12th, and their overall sack rate (6.5%) was 14th. The Bears’ 16 total pressures tied for ninth-most as well.

The Bears have the pieces to make this happen. Robert Quinn, Al-Quadin Muhammad, Trevis Gipson, and Dominique Robinson, along with the team’s quartet of nose tackles, make up a very solid rotation that not only allows the top guys to get a breather when needed, but it allows the pass rush to remain a factor.

Meaning, there isn’t much of a drop-off when the backups come in, at all. And in a good way, too. It’s not like the Bears’ top pass rushers are middling players that are rotated out for just as middling players. They have good players that are getting rotated out for nearly-as-good players.

Nevertheless, the Bears have their blueprint for beating the Packers. They just need to go out and execute when they kick off on Sunday.

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