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Bears' Starters Look Good...So Far.

Much can't be said about the Chicago Bears in their first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. Even though they lost 25-10, the starting units on both sides of the ball looked pretty good, considering the fact that they only played very little.

Jay Cutler only had two passes, but they were both big completions to Johnny Knox. The only thing that Cutler could have done better was to get the ball in the end zone. The player that a lot of people feels that will have a breakout year was, in my opinion, the stand out player of the game. Devin Aromashodu finished the game with 4 catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. The running game was a non-factor, probably because the Bears was more interested in seeing how Mike Martz's passing game would work.

Defensively, the starting unit did give up a touchdown on their second series, but showed promise in their first and third series. The Bears' defense forced a three-and-out on the first drive of the game, with two of the plays resulting in deflected passes by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs. In the first-string's third and final defensive series, Chicago forced the Chargers to punt after giving up a first down. Julius Peppers didn't have a chance to show his pass rushing skills, due to the quick three-step drops by Philip Rivers. Thankfully, Brian Urlacher looked like his old self, despite not playing majority of last year due to a dislocated wrist.

If the performance of the Bears' starters gives us any indication of how the 2010 season will go, then things are looking fairly good...so far. Let's remember it takes more than just a few good series in a meaningless game to prove to Chicago fans that the Bears are ready to end their three-year playoff drought. I'm very happy that the Bears are pointed in the right direction, but being a die hard Bears fan for many years, I've had my high hopes crushed just because of good starts like this, thinking that the Bears were going to dominate. So I'll just sit back and closely watch the starters in the next couple of preseason games. Then I will make my judgement of whether the Bears will be ending that playoff drought or not. I advise you to do the same.

Clyde A. Speller

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