Are you ready for some football?!?! Of course, you are. It’s like Christmas in September. Even though waiting for a game that the Bears could possibly lose is not that exciting, there are plenty of players, on both sides of the ball, that can make big strides this year and it all starts with Game 1.
Jordan Howard will need to begin his sophomore season with a bang against a talented Falcons defense. Howard will be out to prove that he is an elite running back in this league and is capable of accomplishing more than he did even just one year ago. Tarik “The Freak” Cohen, as I like to call him, will look to cement his name on this roster as a very talented weapon to compliment Howard.
Although Kevin White has been complemented lately by his quarterback, offensive coordinator, and general manager who all stated that he has the talent to be the team’s number one receiver, he has an uphill battle. White will be lined up against Desmond Trufant, who is one of the more impressive tall cornerbacks that the NFL has to offer.
Don’t forget about the Falcons 1st round pick from the 2016 Draft, strong safety Keanu Neal. He is a hard hitting safety who also plays well in the back end of the defense, making Neal a dangerous opponent in the run and passing game. Dontari Poe also signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent this offseason. Poe may not be a sack machine, tallying only 1.5 sacks in 2016, he is a run stuffer and has the strength to push offensive lineman into the backfield disrupting the quarterback; and we all know Glennon isn’t the most mobile quarterback in the NFL.
Atlanta has one of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL and, unfortunately for the Bears, the Falcons are going to be on a rampage looking to redeem their prominence and their first speed bump is the Chicago Bears. I do like the additions the Bears have made on both sides of the ball this offseason via the Draft and Free Agency, but I do not think it will be enough to stop the dominant Falcons offense.
Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman. What do all of these names have in common? They are all names of players that will be keeping Vic Fangio up at night for the next few days as he tries to configure a plan of attack to hold off the Falcons’ offense from totally embarrassing the Chicago Bears in Soldier Field. The key to the game is in the trenches. Whichever team can put more pressure on the opposing quarterback will hold the momentum and quite possibly come out of this battle victorious; as long as the Bears’ offense can move the sticks and put up some points.
If and when Mike Glennon begins to throw interceptions, makes some bad throws, or fails to gain first downs, the chants for Mitchell Trubisky will begin. The Bears can only hold back Trubisky for so long until they unleash the beast and Trubisky goes on a rampage of his own.
Atlanta Falcons – 42
Chicago Bears – 17