Chicago Bears 2019 Season Preview

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Chicago Bears 2019 Season Preview

By Wanda Wiedman

Special to Pro Football Guru

Alongside the National Football League, the Chicago Bears celebrate 100 years as a franchise with a goal of chasing greatness. The team will host the first game of the 2019 season, taking on the rival Green Bay Packers on a Thursday night at Soldier Field. A year ago, the club won the NFC North for the first time since 2010, ending a four-year streak of finishing last in the division basement. Now the expectations are higher in the Windy City as Matt Nagy enters his second season on the job. So what will the talented Bears do in 2019?

Offense: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has shed his training wheels and is primed to move forward after a successful 2018 campaign. With a plethora of weapons at his disposal, the Bears have pieced together a very strong offensive line and wide receiver corps. A revitalized, injury free Kyle Long is ready to go and a double switch has put James Daniels at the pivot and Cody Whitehair at left guard. In addition, the running game has received a much-needed boost with the additions of running backs Mike Davis and third-round pick David Montgomery. Expect a high volume of throws to wide receivers Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Cordarrelle Patterson, Anthony Miller and Riley Ridley. Hopefully, tight ends Trey Burton, Ben Braunecker, Ian Buntin and a healthy Adam Shaheen will give the offense solid footing.

Defense: As for the defense, there will be no regression under Chuck Pagano. The bar has been set high for this group as they have been challenged by the 1985 Bears defense to top what they did. Led by four NFL Top 100 Players in Khalil Mack (3), Eddie Jackson (30), Akiem Hicks (39) and Kyle Fuller (95), the Bears’ defense has one goal in mind and that’s to make a run for the Super Bowl. This defense is special and is determined to become the top unit in the league. No need to worry that former coordinator Vic Fangio is gone. These players know what to do and have every intention of player with grit, purpose and a winning mentality. And if Mack stays healthy, he and Hicks could dominate in terms of the pass rush.

Special Teams: Now special teams has to do a better job in 2019 as according to Football Outsiders, they ranked 26th last season in this department. The kicker situation was addressed and the job will go to Eddie Pineiro. The Bears specifically reeled in Patterson for his ability to plow through on returns. However, Cohen, Davis, cornerback Jonathan Franklin III and Duke Shelley had their turns in this area during training camp.

Prediction: The defense will once again be a big factor in setting the tone for this Bears’ team. However, don’t count out the offense as Nagy will have a lot of different looks and challenges for Trubisky entering his second full season the starting quarterback. Against all odds as well as those Doubting Thomas’, he will throw for over 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. Could Trubisky break the Bears all-time single-season passing record of 3,838 yards set by Erik Kramer in 1995? It’s the year of chasing greatness, so it could happen.

Win-Loss Record: 12-4 (1st Place, NFC North, win Super Bowl LIV)

Wanda Wiedman (@WandaW63) is an NFL columnist and is the Chicago Bears reporter for Our Turf Football.

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