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Regular Season On Horizon.

With one more preseason game to be played, the Chicago Bears seem to be ready for the regular season. Although their 1-2 record might not indicate that, we have to remember that it is still just the preseason.

A lot of optimism can be taken from the three games that the Bears have played. Matt Forte has decided to play instead of holding out for a bigger contract, and is still producing on the field. In addition to Forte, newly acquired running back Marion Barber looks to be a much needed piece to the puzzle in Chicago's backfield. Despite the departure of Olin Kruetz, the offensive line has seemed to improve game by game. And the defense looks to be picking up where they left off last year when they were ranked in the top five.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of things that may cause some speculation if you're a Bears fan. So far, Chicago hasn't shown any improvement in the red zone on offense. This was very evident in Week 2 of the preseason versus the New York Giants. The Bears' offense was in the red zone five times, and only managed one score once (a touchdown by Kahlil Bell late in the game). The inconsistent kicking of Robbie Gould is another reason to worry. In the first three preseason games, Gould has missed four of his nine field goal attempts. Grant it, two of those misses were from 55 and 56 yards away, but the other two were considered chip-shots to Gould (a 33-yarder and a 29-yarder).

Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives for the Chicago Bears in the preseason. But after looking at the entire picture, a lot of experts still don't have the Bears making it to the playoffs. I understand that the NFC North may be the toughest division in the NFC this year, but the fact remains that Chicago still has a great defense that can still be ranked in the top five, and an offense that has one year under their belt of playing under Mike Martz's offensive scheme. Looking not at the record of the preseason, but looking at the steady improvement of the offensive line along with the improved mechanics of Jay Cutler, and the continued dominance of the defense, the Bears can't possibly be left out of the conversation of the playoffs. If healthy, the defense alone could possibly get them a wild card berth. And if Chicago finds a way to patch up the holes from their preseason performance, then they will definitely be in the playoff picture.

Clyde A. Speller

2 comments:

  1. I like to be an optimist also but I only give us a punchers chance at best in playoffs,not enough stars on offense for SB team.

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