Well hello Bear fans! Back for more preseason fun are we? Well you’re in luck, because tonight’s game against the New York Giants is the famed “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, as most starters should see action into the second half in before they take off the final exhibition game. The Bears will be in New York tonight to take on the Super Bowl champion Giants! (I used TWO exclamation points in that opening paragraph. See how FUN preseason football is??? DO YOU?)
Okay, enough with the crazy. Let’s get into what I expect to see from the Chicago Bears tonight.
-Keep building. The offense came out and put on a sold show last week versus the Redskins, but let’s see if they can do the same against the front four of the Giants, who have a history of making any offensive line look a few notches worse than what they really are. Jay Cutler must continue to get rid of the ball quickly in Mike Tice’s offensive scheme or risk being blown up in a meaningless game. Just like Apollo.
This was supposed to be… an exhibition!
-Speaking of the offensive line… do we have a left tackle yet? I would really like to see this competition (between mediocre linemen) come to a resolution tonight. We’ve been talking about it all offseason, now SOMEONE needs to come out and win the damn job tonight. Whoever looks the least shitty against the Giants’ excellent pass rushers should start in week one. I don’t care if it’s Chris Williams, J’Marcus Webb or Mike Tice himself.
-Depth on the D-Line. Drafting Shea McClellin was step one, but the rest of the roster has to pan out as well. Corey Wootton has had a decent preseason, but he’ll need to step up and become a regular contributor to the d-line rotation or this could be his last year in Chicago. Stephen Paea is entering his second year in the league and has to prove worthy of a second-round selection.
Okay, sorry if you expected a legitimate breakdown of an NFL preseason game, but you’re not gonna get it. Two more weeks and then I’m your huckleberry.
Enjoy the game everyone!