Bears seek to start 2016 on the right foot in Houston

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2016 Bears open camp
When the Chicago Bears kick off their 2016 regular season in Houston today, there are more questions than  answers.

Consider these as we await the toe-to-leather moment:

1. Will the Bears reshuffled offensive line hold up against an active and stout Texans front seven? Newcomer Josh Sitton joins Charles Leno Jr., rookie Center Cody Whitehair, Pro Bowler Kyle Long, and free agent acquisition Bobby Massie to pave the way for Jeremy Langford on the ground and allow QB Jay Cutler a comfortable pocket.

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The Texans feature a formidable trio of J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and underachieving Jadeveon Clowney, and they will be licking their chops in what will no doubt be a hostile environment for the Bears.

2. Can Chicago pressure Brock Osweiler? The Bears front seven desperately needs to mount a pass rush to disrupt the still unproven Osweiler. In his first start ever, he played turnover free football in Chicago  last season  to guide the Broncos to a win. This time, the Bear

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s hope offseason upgrades across the defensive front and in the linebacking corps are enough to offset a homefield advantage.

3. Will the Bears secondary come up with a turnover? Chicago’s interception totals have dropped dramatically the last few seasons, a result of inexperience and undermanned talent in the deep patrol. Former first-round CB Kyle Fuller will miss the contest after arthroscopic knee surgery late in camp, and free agent Jacoby Glenn will make his first NFL start. Glenn possesses good ball instincts but lacks top-end speed and will be challenged by rookies Will Fuller, Brandon Miller, and dangerous DeAndre Hopkins.

4. Are the Bears improving or stuck in neutral? The preseason didn’t provide many answers, and the Bears, like most of the rest of league, rested injured players, so a true evaluation of the team’s roster can’t accurately be measured. The opener on the road against a playoff team from 2015, should provide a glimpse into what type of team the Bears will morph into as the season progresses.

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