The New Monsters of The Midway
The Chicago Bears come into this season looking to capitalize on a team that won 12 games this year. The Bears are in the conversation again this year as a contender in the NFC. The team is looking to return to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2007. That year the Bears rode a strong defense and decent quarterback play. A similar formula worked in 1985 when the Bears dominated the league with an 18-1 record in route to the club’s only championship in the Super Bowl era.
Bears Current State
This Bears team is looking to be slightly more than just riding their defense. The hopes are Mitchell Trubisky will take another step forward on his Pro Bowl season of 2018. Trubisky sported a 95.4 percent passer rating last year in 14 games.
The Bears finished the season winning nine of their last 10, but were upset by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card game. The weather and winds of Soldier Field started playing havoc with kicker Cody Parkey’s confidence. However, what goes reported is Parkey went 3-for-3 before the blocked final 36-yard field. Parkey’s missed field goals during the season made him an unfair scapegoat.
The Bears offense received a bonus by the pickup of speedster Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson gives the team another offensive weapon to combine with Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, and Allen Robinson.
The Bears dense produced 36 takeaways last season. The defense received comparisons to the 1985 Bears. When placed in perspective the 1985 Bears defense produced 54 takeaways. The point is the Bears defense for all the accolades can improve.
The Bears lost their defensive coordinator Vic Fangio who took over as head coach of the Denver Broncos. The team replaced Fangio with former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano.
The Bears will play a first-place schedule this year. The team’s conference and inner conference match-ups are winnable, and I expect the Bears to exceed their projected win total of nine.
NFL Week 1, Week 2 Lines, The Antonio Brown Saga
A recap of the Week 1 slate of games in the NFL including fantasy football advice. We go over the lines for Week 2 and Antonio Brown’s possible impact with the Patriots.