Chicago Bears Week 1 vs Rams: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Chicago Bears Week 1: The Ugly

With an offensive line that was already banged up in the preseason, things got even worse for Chicago’s offensive front. Newly acquired left tackle Jason Peters exited the game in the first half with an injury to his left quadriceps. In the third quarter, rookie left tackle Larry Borom left the contest in the third quarter with an ankle injury. These two injuries forced the Bears to thrust Elijah Wilkinson into the lineup.

Losing Teven Jenkins to a back injury this offseason has not helped the situation, but Ryan Pace’s backup plans are looking pretty bad. Coming into the season without an insurance policy behind Jenkins was clearly a mistake. Counting on a rookie who was projected as a right tackle to start on the left side was a risk in itself. To do so without a legit option to step in if the rookie doesn’t turn out is a mistake.

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As of now, the extent of the injuries to Peters and Borom are still unknown. What we do know is that this offensive line can not afford to take any more blows, especially going into Week 2. Chicago will have their first home game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that recorded three sacks and four more additional tackles for loss versus the Vikings in Week 1. The Bengals also held Minnesota’s running backs to just 67 yards on the ground. Speedy recoveries from Peter and Borom are much-needed.