Chicago Bears Preseason Wrap: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Chicago Bears Preseason Wrap: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The Bears finished the 2015 preseason with a 3-1 record but as always in training camp, past performance is not always a good indicator of future results. Due to draft failures of the past two general manager administrations, Jerry Angelo’s and Phil Emery’s, the Bears have been relying on the free agent market to fill holes. This has led to this team being one of the oldest in the NFL.

The Bears currently also lack talent and depth at key positions as John Fox heads into his first season as head coach but there are also some positives though to look forward to. Here’s a look at a few from both sides of the equation…

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Chicago Bears 2014: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

Chicago Bears: Player Most Likely To Break Out In 2014

In his first season as head coach of the Chicago Bears Marc Trestman benefitted by the breakout performances of rookie right guard Kyle Long and second year receiver Alshon Jeffery.  Those two were major contributors in a Bears offense that ranked No. 2 in the NFL in points scored. The 445 points that team scored were also the second highest total in franchise history.

Key for a new or relatively unknown player to break out and claim his share of attention is opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it. For the Bears in 2014 the main opportunities exist on defense and as a kick/punt returner. First, here are a few players who at least have the opportunity, whether they take advantage or not…

Chicago Bears: Ranking Their No. 1 Draft Picks Since 2000

Chicago Bears: Ranking Their No. 1 Draft Picks Since 2000

The Chicago Bears have mostly struggled with their first round picks which is a main reason why they’ve only appeared in the playoffs four times since 2000

Chicago Bears: Three New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

Chicago Bears: Three New Year’s Resolutions For 2014

The Chicago Bears discovered offense last season but left their defense in the shop. Here’s what they can do to improve their fortunes in 2014.

Vikings Trip Bears Short Of A Win 23-20: Five Things We Learned

Vikings Trip Bears Short Of A Win 23-20: Five Things We Learned

The Chicago Bears and Vikings played a mistake-filled but exciting back-and-forth game in Minnesota before the Vikings pulled out a 23-20 overtime victory.

Lions Overrun The Bears: 5 Things We Learned

Lions Overrun The Bears: 5 Things We Learned

The Detroit Lions started slow but rode a 27 point third quarter to a 40-32 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Nostr-Thomas Predicts: Week 4 Edition

The NFL will be a quarter of the way through the season after this week’s games. One game has already been played but here’s the word on how the rest of this weekend’s slate plays out.

Thursday 9/26

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

Sure you say, it’s easy to pick games three days after they’ve been played but I did have the 49ers going into this game. The Rams are only now beginning to realize they could have had an RGIII. Instead, they’re stuck with Sam Bradford.

Sunday 9/29

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Does the Bears’ defense take another turnover to the house today? The opportunistic defense they unleashed against the NFL last season has continued in 2013.

The key to the success of the Bears’ offense will be the match-up between DT Ndamukong Suh and RG Kyle Long. For the Lions, Matthew Stafford still has Calvin Johnson but will miss having Nate Burleson on the field.

The Bears improve to 4-0 with a win in Detroit.

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills

Joe Flacco finally played to his new contract last week against Houston but the Ravens scored two non-offensive touchdowns Texans committed 14 penalties.

E.J. Manual has done well learning on the job in Buffalo. The Bills are 1-1 at home with that loss being a hard-fought game against the Patriots.

This is my upset special for the week. The Bills win another tight game at home.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

The Browns gutted out a win against the Minnesota Vikings last week but their playing the best team in the AFC North today. The Bengals extend their record to 3-1.

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs

Can the Chiefs jump out to a 4-0 record after a 2012 shipwreck? The real question is whether Eli Manning can keep from having another multiple turnover game. He can’t and the Chiefs will.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings

I’m sure the NFL thought they had a playoff caliber game in this one when they shipped it off to London. Instead they export one of the stinkers of the week. Which team avoids dropping to 0-4 on the season. The Vikings are starting Matt Cassel in place of Christian Ponder and have enough defense to shut down big Ben.

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman was still the starter for the Buccaneers on Monday. Mike Glennon is their starter today. Where else can Greg Schiano screw up his team next week. The Cardinals fly home as winners after this game.

Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts dominated the 49ers on San Francisco’s home field last week. The Jaguars may be the worst team in football. Colts are feeling real good about their 3-1 record after this game.

Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans

The Seahawks have shot out to the start that says Super Bowl contender. The Texans have looked like anything but a Super Bowl contender so far this season. The Seahawks continue their domination of the NFL in 2013.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

The Jets are 2-1 behind an inconsistent Geno Smith. The Titans have the defense to hang on for a win at home.

Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos

The Eagles’ defense has sucked air in the second half of their first three games as their high-octane offense continues full speed ahead. Their in Denver this week which means the sideline oxygen tanks better be full.

Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders

The Redskins are winless but the Raiders are still the Raiders and that’s enough for Washington’s first win of the season.

Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers

The Cowboys continue their fast start and jump out to a big enough lead on the rest of the division to make their late season choke that much more dramatic.

New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons

The Patriots haven’t blown anyone away yet on their way to 0-3 but the Falcons have been worse on their way to an 0-2 start. The Patriots pick up another wind for the AFC over the NFC.

Monday 9/30

Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints

A battle of two undefeated teams and the first of a potential three consecutive undefeated teams for the Saints. The Dolphins are an improved team but New Orleans is not the place they want to be playing at this point in their development.

 

Bears vs. Steelers Sunday Night Showdown: 3 Bold Predictions

Bears vs. Steelers Sunday Night Showdown: 3 Bold Predictions

The 2-0 Chicago Bears travel to Pittsburgh for a prime time Sunday Night Football match-up against the 0-2 Steelers. Nostr-Thomas steps out with his bold predictions.

Chicago Bears Preseason Recap: 5 Pleasant Surprises

Chicago Bears Preseason Recap: 5 Pleasant Surprises

With the Cincinnati Bengals next up in Week 1 of the NFL schedule, here are five positives the Chicago Bears can take away from the 2013 preseason.

Bears vs. Raiders Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

Bears vs. Raiders Preseason Game: 5 Things We Learned

In preseason game No. 3 the Chicago Bears dominated the first half then held off an Oakland Raiders rally for a 34-26 victory.