The third week of the preseason always gives fans the best indication of where their team is heading going into the regular season. For the Chicago Bears, this will be their fourth exhibition game—having participated in the Hall of Fame game before Week 1 of the preseason. With this being Chicago’s fourth game of the preseason, this just may be the final time that their first-stringers see the field before they face the Green Bay Packers on September 9. That means this game will carry much weight for the Bears’ starters, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Chicago’s Week 3 preseason opponent will be the Kansas City Chiefs. Bears head coach Matt Nagy was on the Chiefs’ coaching staff from 2013-17, carrying the title of offensive coordinator the final two years of that timespan. Now in the Windy City, Nagy has brought his offensive scheme to Chicago’s offense, and will have to display that game plan to a Kansas City defense that is highly familiar with it. Bob Sutton is entering his sixth season as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, and should have numerous counter moves for everything Nagy and the Bears’ offense throws his way.
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For the first time this preseason, Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky should have all of his big-time targets on the field. Running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen should both be instrumental on the ground, as well as in the passing game. Wide receivers Allen Robinson, Kevin White, and Taylor Gabriel will be big deep threats. However, just like the previous preseason games, the Bears’ tight ends should get numerous balls thrown their way. Trubisky did look much better in Chicago’s first preseason win. Showing improvement from last week’s contest will definitely boost the confidence of not only the Bears’ offense, but for Chicago’s entire fan base.
Regardless of Kansas City’s low-ranked defense from 2017 (29th versus the pass and 28th overall), and the Chiefs no longer having two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters, Chicago’s passing game should still find some difficulty moving the ball down the field. With all of the Bears’ new acquisitions finally in the mix for Saturday’s game, we will see just how far this offense can go, and if they can live up to the expectations many put on them this offseason.