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Bears need to be wary of low-flying Cardinals

Heading into Saturday afternoon’s kick with 0-2 Arizona, the 1-1 Chicago Bears can’t afford to let their guard down. The confidence gained from Monday night’s 24-17 victory over Seattle would be short-lived if the Bears stumble against a desperate Arizona club.

The Bears will face a familiar face in Arizona QB Sam Bradford, the former Vikings signal-caller who signed as a free agent in the offseason. Bradford has been effective in recent starts against Chicago, tossing 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in the last 3 matchups. In fact, Bradford’s enjoyed tremendous  success against the NFC North over the last two seasons, throwing for 2,056 pass yards (257 per game), 13 TDs & 3 INTs for 100.1 rating.

Beyond Bradford, Arizona depends heavily on versatile RB David Johnson, still seeking to revert to his pre-injury form. Johnson likes the home cooking, as he’s posted  100+ scrimmage yards in 8 of his past 9 contests in the desert. READ MORE

Work remains, but Bears arrow pointing up

It wasn’t pretty or convincing, but the Chicago Bears 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Monday night at Soldier Field did make a statement.

For the first time since 2013, Chicago won a home opener, combining a fast start and a closing finish to hold off a feisty and injury-ravaged Seahawks unit. Bears squads of recent years likely would have faded after two first-half interceptions and an uneven offensive performance.

But bolstered by an aggressive defensive front seven and opportunistic secondary, the Bears made enough plays, the kind of game-changing plays like Prince Amukamara’s pick six that effectively ended the contest. READ MORE

Bears-Packers: tale of the tape

When the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers renew the NFL’s oldest rivalry Sunday night at Lambeau Field, the highly anticipated game features several notable “firsts” and adds some historical footnotes to the annual matchup, first played in 1921.

Among the “firsts” from a Bears perspective, head coach Matt Nagy, OLB Khalil Mack, ILB Roquan Smith, WR’s Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, along with TE Trey Burton make their Chicago debuts. Nagy hails from the Andy Reid coaching tree and hopes to reinvigorate a Bears offense directed by second-year man Mitch Trubisky. Nagy’s ability to become a “quarterback whisperer” and help Trubisky reach his potential is one of the major subplots of the Bears 2018 season.

Meanwhile, Mack joins Chicago after last weekend’s blockbuster trade with Oakland which saw the Bears deal two first-round draft picks and some additional compensation for the three-time Pro Bowl rusher.

Smith, the Bears first-round draft choice in April,  should see his first action in navy blue and orange following a 29-day training camp holdout.

Robinson, Gabriel, and Burton were signed in free agency to bolster Chicago’s offensive weapons arsenal. READ MORE