Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears. It has certainly been a up and down year for the Bears. Last season, they came out of the shadows to win the NFC North. It was the first time they had made the playoffs in eight seasons.
This year, issues have stalled their season and the losses have been tight and heartbreaking. Matt Nagy is still trying to figure out how to best run his team. Meanwhile, Mitch Trubisky is still trying to prove he can be the franchise quarterback for the Chicago Bears. With that said, it’s time to meet the Chiefs opponent for this week. From behind enemy lines, here is our look at the Chicago Bears.
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Searching For A Spark
Trubisky was effective last year in the short to intermediate passing game. Additionally, he was dangerous when using his legs. While he has found some success over the last month, Trubisky and the Chicago offense is still not fully functioning. Entering this week, the Chicago Bears rank 26th in the NFL in scoring offense. The consistency is far from there. The Bears drives lead to an incomplete result after most games.
The talent looks good on paper, but the results have been underwhelming. For Trubisky, he has weapons like Allen Robinson, along with speedsters Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. Robinson has been the lone guy who has been somewhat close to portraying consistency. On the other hand, Chicago traded up in the third round to select Iowa State running back David Montgomery. Were the expectations too high for him? Maybe. But, Montgomery seemed to fit the offense so well and it’s been a trying season for him. The Bears are 29th in the league in rushing offense. That just doesn’t make sense, given those they have that can pound the rock really well.
Monsters Of The Midway
Despite losing defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, the Chicago Bears defense has still been dominant this season. They rank in the top 13 in total defense, passing defense and rushing defense. Though most of all, they are third in the league in scoring defense. They are effective in all levels of the defense. While the Bears seem to do well covering east to west, they are also just as dangerous straight up the middle. They have done a nice job of building a deep and diverse unit.
We all remember the laughable Khalil Mack trade last year. He has accumulated 20 sacks in a Chicago Bears uniform. Elsewhere, Eddie Jackson, Kyle Fuller, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Prince Amukamara have become a airtight secondary. This veteran group is always looking for takeaways. The surprisingly strong unit has been the defensive line. The Bears are just as strong up front against the run, as they are the pass. Once again, it’s a very deep group that keeps getting stronger.
The Chiefs special teams unit has struggled a bit more this season than we are used to seeing. However, the Chicago Bears special teams has been on a roller coaster for a while now. A never ending joke about finding a consistent kicker is still mind-numbingly painful for this team. Eddy Pineiro has made just 78 percent of field goal attempts this season. To boot, he has missed two extra points. Interestingly, it is the shorter field goal attempts that have troubled Pineiro the most. Also, there is always a chance that punter Pat O’Donnell could shank one or hit a line drive right to the return man. This gives the Bears opponent a good chance to flip the field position.
That will wrap up our look at the Chicago Bears from behind enemy lines. Be on the lookout for the Chiefs versus Bears game preview at the end of the week. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.