1. The Chicago Bears defense still has a lot to prove
The Chicago Bears defense played well on Sunday. They allowed 12 points, and a touchdown came in garbage time. The defense played well against the Minnesota Vikings as well, with just 19 points allowed, including a defensive touchdown. So, there is reason to think the defense has turned things around. Getting Jaylon Johnson and Kyler Gordon back has certainly helped as well.
Still, while the Chicago Bears' defense has played two good games, there is still reason to be a little nervous. First, today they beat Brian Hoyer. It is nice to walk away with the win, but Hoyer is a long-time backup and has lost seven straight starts. It is expected to shut him down, which is not impressive. The Minnesota Vikings offense was in a funk, but the Vikings offense also was playing their first game without Justin Jefferson when they took on the Bears. It is good for the Bears' defense to show up and perform in the moment, but at the same time, we saw them handle themselves against a couple of wounded ducks.
The Los Angeles Chargers will be a real test. Their offense is not perfect, but Justin Herbert will push this unit a lot more than Brian Hoyer. We will see just how real this defense is in the coming week. It is fair to say they are improving and have improved. It is just as fair to say that they have not proven enough yet.