The NFL schedule was released at 7pm Thursday night. The Chicago Bears, coming off a 3-13 season, have a vigorous start to their 2017-2018 season.
The Bears open up the season at home to the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. With what will be a re-vamped secondary in Chicago, the Bears are going to have their hands full trying contain Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. And with it also being Mike Glennon’s first start in 3 years, things could go bad pretty quick. It is still really early, the NFL draft still has not even happened yet, but given the talent on the roster, it is going to be tough to compete with a Falcons team that went to the Super Bowl last season.
In Week 2, the Bears head down to Tampa Bay to play Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers. Last season, the Bears got thrown around by the Bucs, losing 36-10. This game was coming off their bye week. So essentially, the Bears had two weeks to prepare. And they blew it.
The Bucs were able to land former Eagle and Redskin DeSean Jackson this off-season. Now, Winston has Mike Evans and Jackson on the outside, a nightmare match-up for opposing secondaries. The Bears may struggle covering such a versatile receiver group. A positive though is Mike Glennon will face his former team and knows the roster. Should be an interesting game down in the hot sun in Tampa.
So, do the Bears now have a “easier game? Browns coming to town? A trip to LA and play the Rams? Not a chance. Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers come to Soldier Field in week 3. From the looks of it right now, this could be a ugly game in Chicago. Ben Roethlisberger may have some wear and tear but he can still throw the football around pretty well. And don’t forget about Le’Veon Bell. The Bears were pretty good against the run last season (finished 7th in the NFL), but matching up vs a guy like Bell is very difficult. Hopefully Danny Trevathan is all healed up and ready to go cause the Bears defense will need to be at it’s best come week 3.
Week 4 puts the Bears in Green Bay for a Thursday night math-up against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Last season, they Bears lost to the Packers twice, one being in week 15 with Rodgers throwing a 60 yard pass to Jordy Nelson setting up Mason Crosby for the game-winning field goal in Chicago. The first meeting was a Thursday night in October, where the Bears fell 26-10 despite a big game from 2016 first round pick Leonard Floyd. Floyd totaled 2 sacks, one of leading to a touchdown for the Georgia product.
Aaron Rodgers is always a tough match-up because of his unique ability to take over games. The Bears will have to be again playing their best football at Lambeau Field.
Are the Bears going to start 0-4? Maybe. This is a very tough start to a season for a team that went 3-13 last season. I am not saying they will go 0-4 but the talent level is still not where it needs to be. Are there any major weapons on offense? Not really. Yes Jordan Howard has a great rookie campaign and looks to be very promising. Cameron Meredith is a good receiver, but is he a true No.1? Kevin White has had very little time in the pro game due to two major surgery’s. And with the loss of Alshon Jeffery, it puts this receiver core near the bottom of the league.
The Bears are going to have a tough time keeping up with these successful teams. I am not writing them off because it is still very early, but it is very easy to see the Bears starting 0-4.