Chicago Bears: 5 Things to Watch for in Week 1

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Bobbie Massie’s Pass Protection

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Of the Bears’ starting offensive linemen last year, right tackle Bobble Massie was pretty much the weakest link. Even though Chicago allowed only 28 sacks in 2016 (seventh-fewest in the NFL), Massie had problems with keeping defenders from rushing around the edge to prevent havoc on his quarterback. This Sunday, things won’t get any easier for Massie, because he will be assigned to stop Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley. Last season, Beasley had a breakout year, leading the NFL in sacks with 15.5. The Bears may use a tight end to help Massie in pass protection, but he will still be the primary protector when trying to stop Beasley. If there is to be any success in the passing game, it will all have to start with Massie.