Yes, this is still the preseason, and in these games don’t count; however, everyone knows that the third exhibition contest is when the starters of every team play most of the game, which gives players, coaches and fans a great indication of where their team is headed going into the regular season.
For the Chicago Bears, not only will they be playing in CenturyLink Field, the loudest stadium in the NFL, but they will also be facing the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in this glorified dress rehearsal. More so, this will be a test for quarterback Jay Cutler and the rest of Chicago’s high-powered offense against a Seattle defense that was ranked No. 1 in the league last season.
The Bears had the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL in 2013, and entering the second year of Marc Trestman’s offensive scheme, Cutler and company are predicted to be even better. Bears fans should get a clear picture of just how improved this offense is once it’s put up against Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman and the rest of Seattle’s stingy defense.
Furthermore, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will not only challenge Chicago’s undecided secondary through the air, but will also attempt to help repeat the rushing success his team had in their second preseason game. Seattle tallied a whopping 243 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. In case you have forgotten, Chicago was dead last in the NFL in stopping the run in 2013, giving up an average of 161.4 yards per game.
Assuming that everything goes in their favor on Friday night, the Bears could open the eyes of everyone in the NFL and let it be known that they are legitimate contenders not only in the NFC, but in the entire league.