With the city of Chicago still in a World Series hangover, our city’s grown ursine mammals of sport come out of their bye week after an impressive victory and ready to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Florida.
With key players like Josh Sitton, Kyle Long, Eddie Goldman, Pernell McPhee and even Jay Cutler back in the mix, the Chicago Bears look poised to stack some wins together in the second half of the season, starting with a struggling Tampa Bay team.
It’s still hard to forget how bad the Bears were to start the season and with their 2-6 overall record it’s going to take a lot more than a couple of wins and more than a few gallons of tomato juice to get the established stink out.
Consistency and discipline have been a major issue, so it’s still highly possible that the Bears could take a step back in Week 10. For that reason it will behoove us as Bears fans to not get too excited. That’s why I’m selecting “You Gots to Chill” off the Strictly Business album by EPMD.
This team has a knack for giving up big plays to young quarterbacks, who use them to build big days. In Tampa’s Jameis Winston, the Bears are about to see one of the league’s most talented, so hopefully the defense can build off the previous victory against Minnesota, where they accounted for 5 sacks, and started generating some turnovers.
Currently, the Bears are ranked at the bottom of the NFL in the category of takeaways and that aspect of defending is at the top of the list in regards to the Bears needs to improve on in order for the defense to take a step forward.
On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line also has to have a repeat performance. Tampa Bay’s defensive front is nowhere near as good as the Minnesota Vikings, but a player like Gerald McCoy is still capable of causing a lot of problems for an offense. Cutler and rookie Jordan Howard need to build on their performance and stand out statistically, but it all starts up front.
Bears 2016 Playlist
Week 1 – Action Bronson, “Actin’ Crazy”
Week 2 – Wu-Tang Clan, “Bring Da Ruckus”
Week 3 – The Internet, “Just Sayin’/I Tried”
Week 4 – TLC, “No Scrubs”
Week 5 – Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”
Week 6 – Frank Ocean, “Nikes”
Week 7 – DangerDoom, “Vats of Urine”
Week 8 – LL Cool J, “Kanday”
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