By Ricardo Guzman @rcky_guzman on August 22, 2014
The Chicago Bears head into the season with high expectations. There will be key games early and later on that will reveal what kind of team the Bears are.
Last season the Bears had the worst run defense in the NFL. The front office went into the offseason with that as a main priority, and bolstered up the defensive line. Week 1 will be a marker for how much better the run defense will be. CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson bring a unique set of skills, individually, that will challenge the Bears.
Of course a game against the Green Bay Packers would be a key game in any Bears season. Week 10 is the week after the Bears' bye week. They will have extra time to prepare for the second game of the season against the Packers. Week 10 won't be as dramatic as last season's Week 17 game, but it will play a role in the standings.
The week heading into the bye week is always a key game in any NFL schedule. The Bears will like to head into Week 9 with momentum. That momentum will not come easy as they face a tough Patriots team. This game will also gauge how good the Bears actually are.
Week 15 is when playoff races tighten up, and for the Bears it may not be any different. The Saints are expected to be one of the top teams in the NFC once again. Game 15 of 2014 could be the difference between a first round bye in the playoffs and playing in the wild card round.
We come to the season finale, as the Bears face a division rival in the Vikings. Week 17 will either be about jockeying for playoff position, resting players for a playoff push or playing only for pride. I dont really see the Vikings being a threat to the Bears this season, mostly because they have major quarterback questions.
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