Week 3 – Bears (Home)
The Bears are going to suck in 2021, but 2022? Come back and talk to me then. The Bears drafted rookie quarterback Justin Fields in the 2021 NFL Draft, and while he’s an unknown commodity, many are hopeful that he’ll pan out. The Bears also drafted two tackles immediately following him in Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom.
The Bears are also bringing back Jimmy Graham, Allen Robinson, David Montgomery, and Cole Kmet for Fields to throw to. The problem is, Fields may not be the starter for the Bears by Week 3, or in any way this year. The Bears didn’t just acquire Fields, they also went out and got long-time Browns nemesis Andy Dalton, who’s penciled in to start. The team still has Nick Foles as well, so if the Bears can figure out a three-quarterback system, then maybe the rest of the NFL will have to take notice.
The Bears are in a bad way. They’re seventh in defense, but they’re 22nd in offense. Truthfully, that doesn’t look like it’s going to change. Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t as big of a problem as the media made him out to be, but it was current head coach Matt Nagy. After his first year of 12-4 football, the Bears went 8-8 in each of his last two years. Trubisky wasn’t Nagy’s guy, he came in the year after the quarterback was drafted and for some reason, couldn’t figure out a way to duplicate his sophomore season.
Expectations: The Bears won’t be a winning ball club this year, and will have a revolving door at quarterback due to Matt Nagy’s inability to develop an explosive offense. Sometimes the obvious issue is the one right in front of you and Nagy’s lack of imagination has doomed this team. The Browns shouldn’t struggle at all with a rebuilding Bears team.