Although the Chicago Bears were favored to take care of business Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it was still a game that was going to speak volumes about this year’s team. The Steelers are clearly down, but going into Heinz field and coming out victory is no easy task. The Bears were up to the task, and despite a lull in the second half, it was clear by the end of the contest who the superior team was.
But the win didn’t come without some loss, as the team will now be without Henry Melton moving forward. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle tore his ACL during the contest and now has been officially ruled out for the rest of the season. It didn’t look good when the injury occurred and the Bears were preparing for the worst, but now the harsh reality has sunk in.
However, the loss of Melton isn’t anything the Bears can’t overcome. They showed on Sunday night that they’re one of the most well-rounded teams in all of football. Chicago can run it, pass it, defend and bring it on special teams.
Given the way the rest of the NFC North has looked so far and the way the Bears have played through the first three weeks, it seems very clear to me that Chicago is indeed the team to beat. They’re not a better team without Melton, but his loss figures just to be a bump in the road.