Bears need to be wary of low-flying Cardinals

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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.

Future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald is nursing a injured hamstring  but will test a Bears secondary that redeemed itself with a strong effort against the Seahawks, including Prince Amukamara’s pick six that sealed the win.

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The Cardinals achilles heel is an injury-ravaged and talent depleted offensive line. Khalil Mack and the Chicago front seven, NFL sack leaders through two weeks with 10, should be licking their chops.

As for the Bears, Mitch Trubisky will attempt to take another step forward in his development. Through two weeks, he’s largely been inconsistent, alternating good throws with bad and displaying a penchant t

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o pull the ball down quickly and run at the first hint of pressure.

It would help if the Bears could kick start a rushing attack that has been mostly quiet.  Jordan Howard’s responded well on the road in his career,  rushing for 550 yards (78.6 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 7 on road. Howard’s picked up 3 TDs in 2 career games vs. NFC West. Since 2016,  he ranks 3rd in NFL with 2,552 rush yards.

A win over Arizona would put the Bears in terrific position before returning home to entertain Tampa to wrap up the season’s first quarter. But first, Chicago needs to take care of business with the Cardinals.

Bear Tracks: WR Allen Robinson led team & tied career-high with 10 catches for 83 yards in Week 2. WR Taylor Gabriel had 75 rec. yards & career-high 2 TDs in his last game vs. Az. (11/27/16 with Atl.). TE Trey Burton had rec. TD in last meeting (10/8/17 with Phi.). Had TD catch last week, his 1st TD with Chi. Rookie WR Anthony Miller caught his 1st-career TD last week….. LB Danny Trevathan had team-high 8 tackles, 2 sacks & FF last week. Has 60 tackles (8.6 per game), sack & FR in his past 7 on road.

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