Chicago Bears need improved play as they look to the future and head to Baltimore in week six.
Eyes on the Future
The talk since the Bears Thursday night loss in Green Bay was that the team had extra time to prepare rookie 2nd overall pick Mitchell Trubisky for his Monday Night Football debut. After a penalty-ridden, Star Wars-filled loss to the Minnesota Vikings, now what? The Bears now have a short week to bandage their roster together and head east to Baltimore for a showdown with the Ravens.
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Chicago’s beat up defense will benefit from getting inside linebacker Danny Trevathan back from serving his one-game suspension for an illegal hit during the Green Bay game. The injury bug continues to plague this Bears roster after Willie Young was placed on injured reserve this week. Trevathan will bring much-needed leadership, experience, and health back to this Bears defense as they go up against the Joe Flacco lead Ravens.
Unfortunately for the offensive side of the ball, Jerry Rice isn’t walking through the doors at Halas Hall to help Trubisky. The Bears’ wide receivers aren’t going to get any better this season, but what can help the rookie QB is establishing the running game against a Baltimore defense ranked 23rd against the rush. Jordan Howard, and fellow rookie Tarik Cohen, must be explosive on Sunday if the Bears want to win their first road game of the year.
The Bears need to do everything they can to help keep Trubisky upright, and healthy. The rest of the 2017 season has to be focused on building up their franchise QB and finding out who else will be building blocks around Trubisky. Bears fans need to keep focusing on names like Shaheen, Wheaton, Wright, Amos, Gentry, and Jackson. Those are the guys who are on the fringe of being pieces going forward or becoming another blemish on Ryan Pace’s up and down time as Bears GM.