After watching the Chicago Bears first preseason game thrashing by the Denver Broncos, I have decided to look outside the box slightly to bring an update on the teams the Bears will play in the games that really matter, the regular season matchups against the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers.
First up for the Bears is the Colts on Sunday September 9th, obviously unless you live under a rock you have seen the glowing reviews of Andrew Luck’s first appearance in a Colts Jersey, and he was impressive, but outside of Luck the o-line struggled to pick up the blitz and left Luck constantly exposed, his wide receivers dropped balls on numerous occasions, and ran some pretty average routes.
Look the Colts have got a special QB in Luck, he is NFL ready straight away in my opinion, but he is coming into an organisation that is in full rebuild mode, if I was a Colts fan I would just be praying that his line doesn’t get him killed before the season is through (sound familiar Bears fans).
The Colts defence took a massive blow, with the news that Pat Angerer LB, is out for a minimum 6 weeks with a broken foot, will he be missed? Yes is the simple answer, last season he was the fourth highest tackler in the NFL, plus he is vital for the switch in defensive philosophies from the Cover 2 4-3 defence, to the 3-4 defence, in short this defence just got a lot worse come September 9th and the matchup against the Chicago Bears.
Second the Packers (spit), they looked rusty at times on offense, but if you think they will look like that week 2 Thursday night at Lambeau Field you are high, they are one of if not the most proven talented offenses in the league, Aaron Rodgers QB is not suddenly going to turn into JaMarcus Russell no matter how much us Bears fans may hope and pray for it every evening.
The defence still looks poor, but then so does the Bears o-line, so how much you can really take from this performance is unclear, Nick Perry OLB/DE looked solid, but much worse news for the Packers is the loss of Desmond Bishop LB, one of their defensive leaders, definitely for the Bears matchup week 2, but if early reports are to believed possibly the season, to see what they may replace Bishop with (click here).
I have said before I can see the Bears beginning the season 2-0, at worst 1-1, after week 1 of preseason the Bears opponents in their first 2 regular season games got weaker, I don’t like revelling in the injury misfortunes of other players and teams, heck the Bears self destructed last season after key injuries to Jay Cutler QB and Matt Forte RB, but I will be monitoring how the Colts and Packers deal with these injuries moving forward.