The Positives for the Bears from Week One vs. Atlanta

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Sep 10, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) celebrates his sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (not pictured) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks (96) celebrates his sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (not pictured) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

This past Sunday, The Chicago Bears kicked off their 2017 season and while they came up short against the Atlanta Falcons, the Monsters of the Midway had A pretty impressive showing against the defending NFC Champions. Let’s talk about the positives:

Tarik Cohen:

This kid man. Let’s talk about the incredible showing of the man dubbed ‘The Freak’. Cohen carried the Bears offense on his back to the tune of 5 carries for 66 yards and 8 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. We can argue all day about the reasons why he should have been in the game for those final crucial possessions, but let’s not let that shadow over his impressive debut. With the injury to Kevin White and the uncertainty of Markus Wheaton’s health, I fully expect Cohen to be a huge part of Dowell Loggains’ offensive attack and I cannot wait to see what ‘The Human Joystick’ will do the rest of the season. Keep your eyes on this kid.

The Front Seven:

Led by the recently extended Akiem Hicks and stud Inside Linebacker Jerrell Freeman, the impressive Bears front seven held one of the most dynamic rushing attacks in the NFL to just 64 rushing yards on 23 attempts, which averaged out to 2.8 yards per carry. In addition to that, Hicks showed off why GM Ryan Pace made it a priority to extend his contract, and had 2 huge sacks on Matt Ryan, and was a constant pressure on the defensive front. Freeman led the team with 11 total tackles but was sadly put on the injured reserve shortly following the game. The hope is Nick Kwiatkoski will be able to step up after an impressive showing last year and in the preseason this year. The second year linebacker had a vicious special teams tackle on Sunday as well.

Cornerbacks:

Many fantasy football owners salivated at the matchup of Julio Jones against the Bears, but Marcus Cooper stepped up to the task, limiting him to only 4 catches for 66 yards. Kyle Fuller was also impressive in coverage and was second on the team in tackles, and almost came away with a huge interception. Fuller has everything to prove this season and if he can keep performances like this up, I would love to see him resigned.

Mike Glennon:

Guys, I am with you, I want to see Mitchell Trubisky start just like all of you. I’ve been in love with his potential since the first time I ever saw him play and cannot wait till he eventually wins this job. But, as for Glennon, he actually didn’t play THAT bad. Conservative? yes. A statue in the pocket? Might as well name him the Statue of Liberty. Glennon played a smart football game and didn’t turn the ball over, which is something Bears fans are not used to seeing. Glennon was able to drive the Bears down the field and had them in a position to win the game if he had any other WR in the end zone besides stone hands Josh Bellamy.

If Glennon wants to keep his job, he is going to need to learn how to not lock into his first read and view the entire field. It is evident that he lacks velocity on his passes, but if he can progress through his reads quicker, it will open up the offense for him a bit.

Final Thoughts:

Close doesn’t count, and almost winning does not mean you actually won, but there ARE positives to take away from Sunday. What the Bears are going to NEED to do are capitalize on these positives and develop as a team. Hanging with the defending NFC Champs was a fun game to watch, and showed this team is closer than we may think. If this team can create some turnovers, and if any of their Wide Receivers can step up and give Glennon a target, they are a lot closer to a winning record than we may think.

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