Chicago Bears: Five key matchups heading into week 2

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The Chicago Bears started off their 2020 season on the wrong foot, losing to the Los Angeles Rams 34-14. This was a game that didn’t have a lot of positives for the Bears on either side of the ball.

Other than David Montgomery’s rushing, the offense was very bland and couldn’t get much going. The game plan going in for the Bears was three-step drops and quick reads in the passing game. To be fair, it was somewhat working as the Bears get into Rams territory often. However, points were hard to come by for the Bears.

On defense, it wasn’t much better. Roquan Smith was his usual self, making plays all over the field but a lack of pressure and coverage cost this defense. The Bears’ secondary has real issues and good teams will exploit this every single week of the year. Nevertheless, the Bears will play their home opener next week, against a Bengals team who is no pushover.

The Chicago Bears will have to be ready to play the Bengals who may be a young team on the rise.

1. The Bears DL vs Bengals OL

One thing that does remain fairly consistent on the Bears’ defensive side is the defensive line. Over the years they have had quality starters and depth behind them and this year is no different. The Bears were missing NT Eddie Goldman against the Rams and his status will be up in the air this week as well.

Similar to the Bears, the Bengals also don’t have a great offensive line and the Bears should be looking to exploit that and get to QB Joe Burrow.