The 3-1 Chicago Bears are now refreshed coming off an early bye week. It was not ideally the best situation having already built a winning momentum. But the NFL gods deemed it so and now they hit the road with fresh legs against the 3-2 Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins have just come off a terrible beatdown by the Cincinnati Bengals and continue to pile up injuries in the process. Especially with a banged up offensive line, quarterback Ryan Tannehill may be in deep trouble against a fierce Chicago defense.
As a Bears fan, I expect there to be at least 3 sacks and 2 fumbles in this game, not to mention an interception or two. But then again, that could also happen to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky if the protection isn’t there.
For weeks it was said that quarterback Mitchell Trubisky could not throw for long passes. It was also said that he would not rise to the occasion until Week 10.
Well to the surprise of every single football analyst, amateur podcasters and fans alike, the young QB took command of the Bears offense and proved that he can throw the rock.
The Chicago Bears offense hit the ground running on their first play and never looked back. Trubisky made it loud and clear that he could throw by drilling one down 48 yards to tight end Trey Burton for a touchdown.
The expectations for the outcome of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals were supposed to be low. If you were expecting a blowout, then your expectations were a bit too high. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 16-14 thanks to the defense.
The Bears defense was a little slow at first, including a couple of botched plays in coverage from linebacker Danny Trevathan. Those two ended up in touchdowns. But with some motivation, the Bears defense came alive and held quarterback Sam Bradford to 0 points for the rest of the game.
However, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled throughout the day, especially when he would drop his eyes the moment the Cardinals would pass rush. He failed to connect on the deep balls but did just enough to lead his team to victory.
The Seattle Seahawks are once again on the road this week, heading to Chicago to face a strong Bears team.
The Chicago Bears have improved greatly this offseason. We saw that improvement in their opening game against Green Bay last Sunday. Due to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulling off a Superman level performance last week, the Bears didn’t get the win, but the strength of the team can’t be denied.
After watching both the Chicago and the Seattle games last week, I should be quite worried for the Seahawks. Chicago looked really good in its matchup against Green Bay. But its Monday night, kids. And we know what that means. Its Seattle’s favorite day of the week.
For the past several seasons the Chicago Bears fans have dealt with a losing record. So one would think that losing to the Green Bay Packers again would be of no surprise. But this loss was different. This loss would sting into the next day.
The Bears had the lead for the first three quarters. But it was all lost in a collapse of all phases, including the play-calling of head coach Matt Nagy.
But in the soul-crushing display that ended what could have been a great start to the season, there was a silver lining.
A rivalry unmatched by any other team in the NFL will be rekindled this Sunday Night. The first time the Bears and Packers met, the Chicago Bears shut them out 20-0 on November 27, 1921. However, the last time they met the Bears suffered a crushing loss to the Green Bay Packers 23-16 on November 12, 2017. Needless to say, I hope it will be exciting.
In a nationally televised game, the Bears will need to focus on these three elements to beat the Packers.
The Chicago Bears had started the preseason at 0-2. Neither losses were blowouts nor were the game against the Denver Broncos. But there are some things that were revealed, exposed or just plain obvious with the Bears.
Trey Burton is the real deal. Every time he touched the ball it was a stamp of approval. There was no doubt he was worth the grab in the offseason. In the first series, Burton caught 4 receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown.
The big tight end seems to be quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target and rightly so. Burton certainly knows his routes and determines to finish them with a completion. The way he can square his shoulders along the lines to catch a pass is textbook football.
The hype train has made its way to Chicago. A new head coach, several new weapons added from free agency and the NFL Draft and a young second-year quarterback to lead them.
It’s a lot to put on the shoulders of a 23-year old. But when this has been your dream since childhood, you better be ready.
Having been taken number two overall in the 2017 NFL Draft after only playing one full season at North Carolina, the pressure to prove himself was an understatement. Unfortunately, quarterbackMitch Trubisky was thrown in without a chance to learn a system and make it his own.
Poor coaching and play calling overshadowed his true talent. But this year is different. This year Trubisky will play with a swagger the NFL did not get to see. His love of the game will be on display and it will show in a big way.
Can Trubisky lead the Chicago Bears to a winning season in 2018? I tend to think so for several reasons.
Immediately after the Marc Trestman short-term era, the Chicago Bears went into a “rebuild” mode, by replacing coaching staff and players. That rebuild brought in John Fox and company in hopes of winning the NFC North and getting back to a winning culture. Well, we all saw where that went and needless to say, it was back to the drawing board.
The Bears interviewed all prospective candidates and chose Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, Matt Nagy to be the new head coach. No one is disappointed at this choice. His hunger to put a winning culture back in Chicago has fans and analysts giddy.