Chicago Bears preseason

1st Game for Chicago Bears After Lackluster Preseason

The Defending NFC North Champion Chicago Bears take the field against rival Packers on Thursday night to celebrate 100 years in the NFL.

The Chicago Bears return to Soldier Field hungry to show the NFL last year was no fluke. However, the preseason was no indicator of what to expect following an interesting offseason. The Bears enter opening night against archrival Green Bay in a matchup that oozes excitement.

This jubilee stems from a 2018 season that offered a 12-4 record, an NFC North Championship, and a playoff berth. Something Bears fans haven’t witnessed since 2010. These emotions come with mixed feelings of uncertainty. The Bears have been in unchartered water since that less than memorable “double doink” playoff night. Do not worry, Cody Parkey was replaced by unknown internet sensation Eddie Pineiro. (Pineiro won an extensive kicking competition outright.)

The No. 1 defense lost defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to the Denver Broncos. Adrian Amos and Bryce Callahan also departed for big paydays. These losses lead to some unknowns. Is a repeat performance likely? Fangio is replaced by former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Amos is replaced by former Green Bay center fielder, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Callahan is replaced by hard-nosed journeyman Buster Skrine. One thing is for sure, the defense will not lose its tenacity and ferociousness. The defensive unit returns every impact player from a year ago.

Matt Nagy played his cards very tight to the chest only allowing his first team to appear briefly in the first preseason game. The level of secrecy around Halas Hall is always one of the best around the league. The tandem of Nagy and GM Ryan Pace make the CIA question their effectiveness. No one really knows what to expect of this defense or the offense for that matter with its new toys.

Former Pro Bowler Jordan Howard shipped to Philadelphia and is replaced by a versatile three-headed monster. Newcomers Mike Davis and rookie David Montgomery join forces with the human joystick, Tarik Cohen, to keep opposing defenses guessing. Not to mention the addition of swiss army knife and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. Pace also added a luxury draft pick in Riley Ridley, brother of Falcons Calvin Ridley.

Matt Nagy must be licking his chops as he plans to utilize his third-year quarterback, Mitch Trubisky by putting him in the best position to succeed. All the while drowning the preseason with simplicity and generic offensive play-calling in order to test the bottom third of the roster. The most exciting thing to come out of this preseason was the announcement of the practice squad. That is because there were no real surprises. Here is a look at the practice squad:

The Bears enter Thursday night healthy and hungry. Rather than bore you with redundant facts of this historic rival, I share this video which explains it all.

What We Know

Last year, the two teams split with each team winning at home. The Packers have a new head coach and new system on both sides of the ball. That becomes a moot point when Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback. Rodgers is a Super Bowl winner and perennial Pro Bowler. He is probably a Hall of Famer but he is now 35 years old and starting to show his age. The Bears defense also has a habit of sniffing out the opposing quarterback.

Trubisky is no slouch coming off his best season. He also has the most reliable defense to back him up if he has an off-night. The running game is locked and loaded with all-around threats. The passing game has more weapons in the history of the franchise. Oh, there is also Khalil Mack. He got to experience his first full offseason program in Chicago since the mega-trade that made him a Bear. He is the true “X” factor.

The NFL picked a terrific matchup for opening night. One that includes two historic franchises with notorious fanbases with several unknowns for the first time in a while.

My bias aside, Bears retaliate against the Cheeseheads of Wisconsin and remind the rest of the League just what they set out to do, #chasinggreat.

Until then, Bear Down! JT out.

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