The Chicago Bears are now ten games into the 2023 season. They are onto the back seven games, and sitting at mini-bye, it is a good chance to look ahead at the end of the season and think about what the biggest questions that need to be answered could be. What is there to watch for in this 3-7 season?
5. Can the Chicago Bears continue to see progress from the offensive line
The Chicago Bears offensive line was supposed to be one of the growing units on the team, and through ten weeks, it has been a bit of a mess. It is probably just an optimistic point of view, but there is potential for the line to look better and show their best in the final seven games of the season. Can we actually see this?
First, Braxton Jones left in week two with a neck injury. He played 74% of the snaps in his return week nine and then played a full game on Thursday Night Football. That is a quick turnaround to be tossed into the mix. So, the thought now is that Jones will take the extra time off, and he will come back healthy and rested but not rusty after missing so much time.
The Chicago Bears also had Nate Davis practice. There is a chance that he will play in week 11, and if not, the odds of him playing in week 12 are very high. What does this mean for Teven Jenkins? Does he move back to left guard? Also, does that mean that Lucas Patrick will get replaced by Cody Whitehair? Whitehair has not been great, but he is better than Patrick?
The Bears run game was at its best when Davis and Jenkins were at guard together. When you add in Braxton Jones and Darnell Wright, they actually have four solid pieces who just have not played together. Does this get to happen in the final weeks of the year?