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5 Takeaways From Chicago Bears’ First Preseason Game

5 Takeaways From the Chicago Bears' First Preseason Game

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Here are the five biggest things to take away from the Chicago Bears' Week 1 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

5. Jimmy Clausen Playing His Way Into No. 2 QB Spot

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5. Jimmy Clausen Playing His Way Into No. 2 QB Spot

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In the battle for the backup QB job, Jimmy Clausen showed off plenty of confidence and command of a system that he has only been in for a few months. Going 7 for 13 with 150 yards and two TDs, Clausen took an early lead for the right to be listed No. 2 behind Jay Cutler. The competition between Clausen and Jordan Palmer is far from over, though Clausen did take a considerable lead.

4. Replacing Devin Hester Won't Be Easy

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4. Replacing Devin Hester Won't Be Easy

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To state the obvious; Devin Hester left some pretty big shoes to fill. This point was hammered home when Micheal Spurlock muffed a punt with five minutes left in the third quarter. Granted, Spurlock won't be fielding first-team returns, though replacing a possible Hall-of-Famer will not be an easy task for whoever takes over the return duties.

3. Jay Cutler Has A Better Grasp Of Offense

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3. Jay Cutler Has A Better Grasp Of Offense

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While he only played for two possessions, Cutler looked worlds better than he did in his preseason debut in 2013. Cutler came out firing, connecting on 9-of-13 passes for 85 yards and a TD. In his second season in Marc Trestman's offense, Cutler looks to have a better grasp on the offensive concepts heading into 2014.

2. The Pass Rush Will Be Better in 2014

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2. The Pass Rush Will Be Better in 2014

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Showing off most of their revamped defensive line, the Bears were able to maintain a constant presence in the Eagles' backfield. A quality pass rush will be key for the Bears in 2014 if they hope to win the NFC north, as they will need to find a way to slow down Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford.

1. Defense Back to Creating Turnovers

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1. Defense Back to Creating Turnovers

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After a horrendous season against the pass in 2013, the Bears were able to get back to their old habits against the Eagles with three interceptions in the game, including two against the starters. With a reworked defensive line helping to create disruption in the backfield, the defensive backs should be able to improve on their numbers from last season.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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