The Bears lost a close one at Soldier Field last weekend against the defending NFC Champion Atalanta Falcons. While falling short 23-17 and having 4 chances from inside the 10 yard line to tie the game in the closing minute, the Bears showed promise and improvement from last year’s 3-13 dumpster fire of a season.
Mike Glennon was about as average and boring as advertised but he didn’t turn the ball over which is a breath of fresh air from the Smokin’ Jay Cutler era. Also, it looks like a budding star was found in a change of pace rookie RB, Tarik Cohen. He led both teams with 113 total yards from scrimmage and looks like his nickname of “the human joystick” is truly warranted. The Bears Defense (especially the front 7) looks stout as well. The secondary gave up a few huge plays in the second half but overall seemed to be okay.
Unfortunately, the big news after the game wasn’t that the Bears should have won the game (they should have punched it in at the end and a couple dropped passes were the difference between a W or L), the biggest news is that 2 starters are lost for the season. WR Kevin White (broken clavicle) and Jerrell Freeman (torn pec) were placed on season ending IR. For a team that last year that was hit with more injuries to key starters than any other team in the NFL this is not a good sign. These are tough blows for the Bears. White, who can now officially be deemed a bust (3rd straight season on IR early in season) was expected to be the Bears #1 after the Meredith injury. Freeman, a beast of a LB, was a captain on defense and was poised to be one of the league leaders in tackles. Freeman playing 55 snaps with the torn pec in week 1 just shows how tough he is: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20707035/chicago-bears-linebacker-jerrell-freeman-played-55-snaps-torn-pectoral-muscle
Both players will be missed and again the Bears will use the ‘next man up’ mentality to see what they have on the roster.
On to week 2! The Bears head to Tampa Bay at kickoff at 10am Sunday against a Bucs team that had off last week due to Hurricane Irma. Let’s hope that this is a revenge game for Mike Glennon (spent last 3 seasons in Tampa) and the Bears can get their first win of the season. As Bears fans, we need to be optimistic but in reality, the Bears are again underdogs as the Bucs on paper have more firepower on offense and a defense that should pin their ears back and attack Glennon while challenging him to throw to one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t get easier either. After this week the Bears face the Steelers, Packers, Vikings, Ravens, and Panthers. These 5 teams all won and looked solid in week 1…
Week 2 match-ups and predictions here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-week-2-how-bears-can-beat-buccaneers-20170915-story.html
On the glass is half full side of things, the Bears did almost beat a team in week 1 that was up on the Patriots 28-3 in the Super Bowl last year. We need to find a silver lining in the Bears team and let’s root for continued improvement on defense and see what the tandem of Howard and Cohen can do on offense behind an above average offensive line. Also, the clock is officially ticking on when backup rookie QB, Mitchell Trubisky, will get his first NFL start. His athleticism could have been useful last week and the coaching staff along with the fans know that. Stay tuned Bears fans, this may be a long season but it should all be a building block for an exciting future.
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On a side note: The Cubbies while playing .500 ball over their last 10 games have now won 3 in a row and are still 3 up on the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central. Don’t forget all Cubs games shown at 710!