Chicago Bears: 5 Things to Watch for in Week 3

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Tarik Cohen
TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Running back Tarik Cohen /
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Offensive Line

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Chicago’s offense will go as far as their offensive line will take them. Unfortunately, the injury bug was quite hungry last week and bit two of the Bears’ O-linemen. Guards Josh Sitton and Tom Compton both exited the game against Tampa Bay with rib and hip injuries respectively. Sitton, a Pro Bowler, hasn’t practiced so far this week, while Compton has been limited. Kyle Long has participated in practice this week, and could very well see his first action on the field since severely injuring his ankle in Week 10 of last season. Will the offensive front have good chemistry? That’s hard to say. What we do know is that the front five must find a way to protect in the passing game. The Steelers are tied for second in the NFL with nine recorded sacks entering Week 2, and also have the second-most hits on quarterbacks. Figuring out Pittsburgh’s blitzing scheme might make it more difficult for the passing game to make a major impact.