Well, here we are Bears fans. It’s week six and the Bears are 1-4. Can’t say I’m surprised given the lack of talent on the roster and number of injuries this team has suffered. The good news is the quarterback of the future is starting, which will make the rest of the regular season bearable.
Sunday will be another tough test for Mitch Trubisky and John Fox’s crew when they take on the Ravens in Baltimore. Here are five things to know for Sunday’s matchup.
Trubisky in Another Tough Spot
For the second straight week, the most important player on the Bears will be Mitch Trubisky. After playing the Vikings vaunted defense last week, he will have another tough test on Sunday against the Ravens. In their 22-year history, the Ravens lost to a rookie QB one time at home. Yes, that is ONE loss to a rookie QB at home in 22-years. Granted the Cleveland Browns probably contributed to a good portion of the list; it is a scary stat nonetheless.
Trubisky threw for 126-yards a touchdown and interception in his debut. The one bad decision Trubisky made was the interception he threw late in the fourth quarter that ultimately cost the Bears the game. If the Bears are going to win on Sunday, Trubisky will need to take the next step in his development. Limiting the turnovers would be a great start.
Tanner Gentry Return
Deonte Thompson is out, Tanner Gentry is in. The rookie from Wyoming will get another chance with the Bears and it looks like it will be for the rest of the season. Gentry and Trubisky had good chemistry in the preseason. Hopefully, that will carry over to Sunday. Trubisky needs as many weapons as he can get. Ryan Pace has to add some talent at the wide receiver position this offseason, via the draft or free agency.
It’s hard to watch for something that isn’t there. It’s safe the say the turnovers have not been there for the Bears this season. Hell, even John Fox is smart enough to know that’s a big reason why his team is 1-4. The Bears are dead last in the NFL in turnover margin at minus nine for the season. The Bears have twelve total turnovers to just three takeaways. They also have zero interceptions along with the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.
It’s simple- to win in the NFL forcing turnovers is a must. It’s times like these I miss Lovie Smith. Did I really just say that? Anyway, to win on Sunday the Bears will need to force a couple turnovers.
With Thompson gone, the Bears will have to use a new kick returner. Good thing they have three solid candidates to chose from in Tarik Cohen, Eddie Jackson, and Bryce Callahan. Personally, I’d like to see both Jackson and Cohen get an opportunity. Jackson was a big-time punt returner at Alabama, while Cohen has been effective as the team’s first-string punt returner.
The Bears haven’t gotten the running game going since week three against the Steelers. Sunday they will have a chance to turn that around against the Ravens, who rank 23rd against the run. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen need to get going, so the Bears can effectively use play action against the Ravens tough secondary. Kyle Long will play, which is encouraging news considering his practice time this week.
If the last two week has shown me anything it’s that the Bears are an undisciplined football team. With this roster, I don’t see things changing anytime soon. Unfortunately, this is what’s going to get John Fox fired. The only exciting thing about Sunday will be that Trubisky is playing.
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