Last season’s offense put up 27.8 points per game. That was good for second in the NFL behind the AFC Champions the Denver Broncos. The Bears will able to put up a large amount of points despite it being the first season in Marc Trestman’s offense and two quarterbacks shuffled in and out of the lineup.
Expect the Bears to take a bigger step this season. Brandon Marshall is focused on being the best receiver in the league. He’s got a new deal that will keep him happy and he is fighting towards making the playoffs for the first time in his career.
The Bears have one of the best young offensive weapons in the league. Alshon Jeffery is a matchup nightmare for defenses opposite Marshall. His size and catch radius gives quarterback Jay Cutler a great target down field and Jeffery will only get better with more experience under his belt.
Running back Matt Forte is still the key to this offense. He’s one of the best dual threat backs in the league and can actually improve on his career best performance last year. Forte can be more effective around the goal line helping his touchdown totals increase and the Bears finish more drives.
Martellus Bennett and Marquess Wilson are solid third and fourth receiver options. Bennett has increased his catches in a season for two years in a row now and he will now look to get over five touchdowns in a season for the first time in his career. Wilson might not take an Alshon Jeffery type of leap in his second season but expect some good things from the talented kid who was once a star at Washington St.
Ka’Deem Carey will only enhance the running game. He is a hard nosed running back who always finds a way to get into the end zone. He’s the perfect backup to help rest Forte but allow the offense to not skip a beat.
The offensive line returns intact. The young right side is one year older and Kyle Long is expected to be an even bigger star than he was last year. Jordan Mills is healthy and will benefit greatly from a full training camp as a starter. Veterans Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson are as consistent as it gets and there will be an interesting battle at center. No matter who the Bears go with in Brian De La Puente or Roberto Garza, the team will be better because of the competition.
Then there’s Cutler. As long as he stays healthy then there should be no reason why he doesn’t put up big numbers in this offense. He knows the system, has the weapons and most importantly the trust of the organization. Cutler needs to grow up but he was on a roll before injuries derailed his season last year. Cutler should be well over 3,000 passing yards with at least 25 touchdowns.
Can the Bears be better than the Broncos on offense? It will be close. Denver has lost some weapons while the Bears seem to have gotten marginally better. This Bears team could put up over 30 points per game which would be unheard of in Chicago.
The NFC better be on high alert. This offense is elite and come September they will have everybody thinking it’s the Fourth of July because they will bring the fireworks.