Week 2 was a disaster, plain and simple. Mike Glennon had three turnovers himself and when you add on the muffed punt by Tarik Cohen the Bears had essentially no chance to overcome. Week 3 sees the Bears welcoming the Pittsburgh Steelers to Soldier Field for a showdown with one of the best teams in the AFC. Here are your questions for the matchup.
1. Is Mike Glennon ever going to pull it together?
My bet is no. After two weeks of decreasing play, many are calling for an end to the quarterback’s brief tenure as the starter for the Bears. Optimism is low for Glennon against a resurgent Steelers defense. Glennon has trouble avoiding pressure and getting off of predetermined reads and unless he can buck this trend early the Bears are in for another long game.
2. Can Markus Wheaton make an impact in his return?
The Bears passing game is not a threat. So far throughout the season, between the mediocre receiving core and bad quarterback play, the Bears have had many issues keeping opposing secondaries honest. Wheaton is a deep threat and that is what the offense is sorely needing. If he can create separation and get open deep, the Steelers will have to soften the box opening up the Offense for more diversity. This leads to our next question.
3. With Kyle Long’s return can the rushing attack get back on track?
Last week Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen saw consistently stacked boxes. The Buccaneers saw no reason to respect anything but the run game and then a few more injuries on the offensive line later, the Bears couldn’t get any push. Step in Kyle Long, the three-time Pro Bowler specializes in run blocking and his nasty streak can be just what Howard and Cohen need to see their full potential as a duo. Couple that potential with improved line play and the threat of Wheaton’s speed and the Bears’ offense may be able to finally show its teeth.
4. Is Prince Amukamara worth what he is paid?
Kyle Fuller has been doing a very good job in his outside corner spot but with the free agent acquisition set to return from an ankle injury suffered on the first play of the season, he will be relegated to a backup role. Now, the question is, can Amukamara be a boon to a secondary that has been serviceable at best? The Steelers sport speed and diversity in the passing game with both Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant at the receiver position. With Amukamara back in the lineup, he could be just what the Bears need to slow down the Steelers passing attack enough to let the front seven do its job.
5. Can the Bears pull the upset?
Yes, it is possible. The Steelers are coming into Soldier Field thinking they have an easy win, and if the Bears can look more like the week 1 team than the week 2 team they can compete with anyone. They will have to win in the trenches and find ways to move the ball on offense. If the Bears can’t find a way to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat in Tampa Bay, this could spiral into a Trestman level disaster.
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