by Bryan Dietzler
Anyone who is a fan of the Chicago Bears knows what’s at stake this season.
The Super Bowl.
The team has a top tier defense that is ready to play and will play well all year. They have some upgrades on special teams and hope that they don’t suffer gaffes in the kicking game like they did last year.
Then there is the offense. We had all thought that it was going to be much better this year. However, they had a lot of trouble against a rebuilding Green Bay defense last Thursday night. Is this a sign of things to come or will the offense be able to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and improve?
We certainly hope that the Bears pick up and play better against their next opponent, the Denver Broncos. Denver, just like Green Bay, is supposed to be in a rebuilding phase after having hired former Bears’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio as their coach. Fangio knows the Bears well and this could cause problems for Chicago’s offense this Sunday.
Will this be a tough test for the Bears? You bet it will and this game could be difficult for the Bears to win. With Fangio knowing their offense, especially since it appears that the Bears haven’t changed much from last year, the Broncos’ defense could give Chicago some trouble.
The Bears have to be ready and have to change some things up to have success on Sunday.
The coaching staff should be up to the challenge. They should be able to come up with a game plan that takes advantage of a less-than-stellar Denver offense. Chicago’s defense is tough and should be able to put the pins to Denver’s offense.
But can Chicago get going on offense?
After watching the Broncos this Monday night in their game against the Oakland Raiders (which ended up being a 24-16 loss) it appears they are beatable. Their starting quarterback is no longer a top tier starter and their rushing attack leaves a little something to be desired.
Their offense didn’t score a single point until the third quarter of Monday’s contest.
They still have a lot of growing up to do.
The Broncos defense did not play that well on Monday night. They gave up 24 points against a team that isn’t that great and had a tumultuous offseason. Hopefully, they don’t make adjustments that work against the Bears and end up giving Chicago problems.
Denver is a rebuilding team that, on paper, should not be able to beat the Chicago Bears.
This is a test that Chicago must be prepared to pass.
If they can’t win this game then there are serious problems that need to be addressed immediately.
When it’s all said and done, look for the Bears to pick themselves up and play much better this Sunday against Denver than they did against the Packers. Look for Chicago to get their first win of the season and start to move forward in an effort that will take them back to the playoffs and perhaps the Super Bowl.
A full preview of Sunday’s game will be coming up here soon on this site.