3. Mike Glennon has gotten off to a rough start for the Bears and overall the offense has been stagnant, to say the least. What can the Bears expect from the Steelers defense? Is there any weakness that the Bears can try to exploit?
Pittsburgh’s defense has improved tremendously this offseason and so far, their secondary has played extremely well. I wouldn’t expect high numbers from Glennon in this one, and depending on if T.J. Watt and Stephon Tuitt play, he could face a lot of pressure in the backfield.
The one player in Chicago that could cause problems, though, is Tarik Cohen. His explosiveness is something that could cause problems against any team and with one or two big plays, he could keep this game closer than expected.
4. We know about Big Ben, Ryan Shazier, and the big name stars. Give me one under the radar Steeler on each side of the ball who Bears fans may not know yet but will have an impact on Sunday’s outcome.
On the offensive end, it’s going to be Jesse James, if he plays. He’s dealing with an ankle injury, but if he plays he’s going to put up big numbers. He’s on a mission to prove to the Steelers that he’s their tight end and so far, he’s done just that. Most times the defense is going to forget about him because of all the weapons at receiver, and he’ll make sure to take advantage of it.
On defense, Sean Davis is the man. He has 11 tackles this season at safety and 10 of them have been solo takedowns. He might not come up with double-digit interceptions throughout the season, but he’s certainly going to make some noise with his hits. He’s all over the field all game long, and this game will be no different.
5. Speaking of Sunday’s outcome, it’s prediction time. Please give me a brief outlook and include a final score.
This one shouldn’t be that close. Chicago has a lot of potential but are still a ways away from being a competitor in this league. Their defense could cause problems early, but with Ben’s new “smart over flashy” mentality, they won’t be able to take advantage of many risks. The Steelers should walk away with a win, 24-7.
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