The Bears are on a win streak, let that sink in for a minute. It feels good but now the Bears must march down into the Superdome to challenge future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees and the Saints. Here is what I want to know.
- Will Trubisky finally be able to throw the ball?
Frankly, there is no way the Bears beat the Saints in New Orleans without points and they can not count on the defense to bail them out with points every week. They are going to have to move the ball and that will require a balanced attack. I don’t see the Bears asking for 50 passing plays but I believe there will be about 30 called and 25 attempts minimum.
- Can the defense continue its dominance?
The Saints have allowed only 5 turnovers this season and a big part of that is their offensive line has been stunning, only allowing 5 sacks on Brees. If the Bears want to succeed it starts with them pressuring and getting to Brees. Brees still will find a way to put up points, it’s what he does and there is no reason to think even against a red-hot Bears D the Saints won’t score a few touchdowns.
- Will new receiver Dontrelle Inman make an impact?
Probably not. He joined the Bears this week and only has one practice under his belt. I believe he may see some snaps but don’t expect to see his true impact until after the bye week. Inman has a lot of Cam Meredith in him and that role has tons of value in the Bears offense, so if the Bears decide to open up the playbook and let Trubisky pass the ball expect the new addition to get his feet wet.
- What happened to Tarik Cohen?
Cohen has seen a steady downhill tick in his touches since week one, and that’s perplexing considering big things seem to happen when he has the ball. Last week we got another taste with a 70-yard reception and although he missed a few catches there was still potential for big plays. OC Dowell Loggains even called him the Bears’ best weapon on offense, which makes you wonder why he isn’t on the field.
- Does this win streak save John Fox?
2 games won’t do it, but the schedule gets far easier down the stretch. With the Bears defense playing on fire and the potential for the offense to wake up, it’s possible for the Bears to sneak into playoff contention. That may save John Fox, which could be counterproductive to developing Trubisky. He has shown no proclivity of what to do with a young signal caller and has done an abysmal job so far. The way I see it is, if the Bears continue to win John Fox style, through the defense and running with minimal involvement front Trubisky, Fox is out of a job regardless of record. If somehow they unleash Trubisky on the league and he begins to dominate as a passer, we may be stuck with Fox a long time.
Well, let’s just be excited the team is finally paying dividends on its rebuild. Hopefully, we can start to get the respect and people will stop pretending the Bears are the Browns 2.0. Next step is in New Orleans and I believe many are in for a surprise.