The Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts will battle it out at Soldier Field in one of the better Week 4 matchups. The Bears improved to 3-0 after pulling off another miraculous comeback against the Atlanta Falcons. Nick Foles relieved Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes to help the Bears erase a 16-point deficit on their way to a 30-26 victory, which was sealed by a Tashaun Gipson interception. The heroics were enough to earn Foles the starting quarterback job.
Indianapolis blew out the New York Jets 36-9 last week to start the Philip Rivers era 2-1. Rivers completed 17 of 21 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. The Colts have one of the best defenses in the league, ranking second in points and first in yards allowed.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Colts: 1st vs. Pass, 12th vs. Rush
Bears: 4th vs. Pass, 20th vs. Rush
Colts: -2.5, -130
Bears: +2.5, +115
OUT: CB T.J. Carrie (hamstring), WR Michael Pittman (calf)
DOUBTFUL: S Sherrick McManis (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Khalil Mack (knee), LB Josh Woods (ankle)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jonathan Taylor, RB, $6,600
Taylor had a huge game in Week 2 when he had 26 carries for 101 yards and a TD against the Vikings. But the rookie saw his touches get cut in half against the Jets, losing carries to Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines. However, this was probably because the Colts had a huge lead and wanted to limit the wear and tear on their second-round pick. The Bears are giving up 5.0 yards per carry and have allowed four rushing touchdowns this season, so you should feel comfortable starting Taylor this week.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, $3,900
Rivers has been spreading the ball around quite a bit, but Alie-Cox has emerged as his favorite target, leading Indy with 181 receiving yards. The Bears have given up a touchdown to a tight end in two of their first three games, making Alie-Cox even more appealing. He caught his first TD against the Jets last week.
Allen Robinson, WR, $6,700
Robinson is coming off a monster game in which he caught 10 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, his first score of the season. It came from Foles and it will be interesting to see what kind of rapport the two have. The Colts have the No. 1 pass defense in the league, so their partnership will be tested right off the bat.
David Montgomery, RB, $5,500
Montgomery played a season-high 46 snaps against the Falcons, a total you can expect to increase now that Tarik Cohen has a torn ACL. Montgomery only has one TD this season (it came through the air), but he is always a steady contributor when it comes to rushing and receiving yardage, averaging 85 per week. With the Colts being so stout against the pass, look for the Bears to lean on Montgomery and their running game.