The Chicago Bears look to be getting very healthy in time for some critical games.
The Chicago Bears are on a nice two-game winning streak.
They have won both games quite comfortably, albeit against two very poor teams in the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
But any time you win two football games while two of arguably your three best players, Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson, sat on the sidelines and watched the game, you’ll take it.
That very well could be changing this week as the Bears welcome in the Detroit Lions.
This is a huge piece of news. As we know, Bilal Nichols has been a fantastic rookie and he will be great to have back in the rotation up front. Ben Braunecker has carved out a nice role for himself with the Bears special teams and does get spot snaps on the offense. But of course, I’m burying the lead.
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Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson fully participated in practice and are fully expected to play this week versus Detroit. That will be a giant boost for both the offense and defense. Mack was the team’s MVP through the first quarter pole of the season and you could argue, despite being hobbled in two games and missing two during the second quarter pole that he is still the MVP of the team.
Robinson may not have had the statistical impact this season that some fans have hoped for but he’s been absolutely a reliable target for Mitch Trubisky and one he likes to go to in big situations.
Robinson clearly wasn’t himself against New England and of course missed the two games after that, but in the first five games where he was mostly healthy, Robinson had 24 catches for 281 yards with 2 TDs and 15 of his 24 catches resulted in first downs.
That type of production was missed and will give a boost to the offense.
Also not to be overlooked is the return of Adam Shaheen who is practicing this week. Shaheen is probably a long shot to play this week unless his practice goes perfectly, even if he does play against Detroit, fans should expect a limited snap count. Odds are the Bears are targeting the Minnesota Vikings game next week for the return of Shaheen.
All this news is great news for the Bears as they enter a critical stretch of divisional games. Games that, if the Bears want to be taken seriously as division contenders, they need to win at least two of the next three.