Bears vs Cardinals Open Thread

The Bears face off with the Arizona Cardinals at Soldier Field tonight in the always important third preseason game.  I mean as important as preseason games go.

The Cardinals look like a team in disarray.  With Kurt Warner retiring, it looked like it was going to be Matt Leinart’s turn to take the reigns, but he’s struggled in the preseason, so Ken Wisenhunt will turn to veteran Derek Anderson to see if he can lead this Cardinals offense.

For the Bears, there are three key things that I’ll be watching:

  1. Protect Cutler – the offensive line has been facing a media blitz after two disappointing preseason games.  They need to improve, period!  It’s hard to evaluate Cutler and the receivers and see how they’re coming together when the quarterback is running for his life.
  2. Defense must get off the field – and by that I mean that they must stop the Cardinals on third down.  The Bears were awful last year and if they don’t improve, it won’t matter what Cutler and the offense do.
  3. Get out healthy – the Bears’ depth scares the heck out of me.  Even the linebacker position, which at one time seemed endlessly deep is getting awfully thin.  You add a glut of injuries to the safety position and concerns to the depth at cornerback and you’ve got a recipe for disaster if they don’t come out of this game healthy.

As you’re watching the game, or after the game, feel free to post your thoughts in the Comments.  I’ll try to address what I can and who knows, if you make a great point, I could turn it into a post!


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  • samgoody14

    BEAR DOWN!!!!

  • Mr. Pickles

    I can only listen to the game and I’m starting to think it’s a good thing I can’t actually see what’s happening. From what I can tell da Bears appear to be failing on the first two counts, please tell me it’s not as bad as I think. I’m not gonna start pushing the panic button in the preseason but I wanted SOMETHING to be optimistic about coming out of tonight.

  • mario

    Man do they suck, Lions will be better this season and until Lovie is in charge this team is going nowhere period.

    • Hunter

      Guys, I’m excited. I realize this is only preseason, but we are looking at having our first, 1st Round pick in 3 drafts and our first 2nd Round pick in 2 drafts. Not only will that 1st Round pick be in the Top 10 – but Jerry Angelo will not picking it and Lovie won’t be coaching him!

      • Boomer

        Well said Hunter! I am actually feeling way worse about this team after three preseason games than before the preseason started.

        O-line is BRUTAL and Cutler had better get his life insurance paid up. Do you think he misses Josh McDaniels yet????

    • Mr. Pickles

      At least they are courteous enough to dash our hopes early and not string us along for too long. I think a week one loss to the Lions will sufficiently kill any glimmer of hope right out of the gate.

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  • City

    Has there ever been a team that looked this bad in the preseason and then went on to make the playoffs? Probably, but man I can’t see that happening here.