By: Alex Patt
The Bears lost a close game to the Vikings this past Monday at Soldier Field, but that was not the big story. The focal point of the game was rookie Mitch Trubisky making his first career NFL start after the benching of Mike Glennon. Trubisky showed a lot of promise with his accuracy, arm-strength and mobility outside of the pocket but sadly the Bears fell short. A lot of bad penalties (some controversial) and poor play by the line cost the rookie his first victory. Now they move on to face the Ravens in Baltimore.
The Bears (1-4) and the Ravens (3-2) will play each other for the first time since 2013 and the first time in Baltimore since 2009. While the Ravens are favored in this game so far, this is a game the Bears could possibly win. It has been a weird season for Baltimore as veteran QB Joe Flacco has had some ups and downs. He currently has four touchdown passes to six interceptions but had a solid game last week against Oakland. The team gave up 10 total points the first two week but 87 points the past three weeks.
It is hard to know which Ravens team will show up, but the Bears also have many issues. While Danny Trevathan returns from suspension this week, the rest of the starting LB core remains on IR outside Pernell McPhee. And now WR Markus Wheaton will miss 4-6 weeks with a groin tear. WR Tanner Gentry was recalled from the practice squad to fill in the very thin receiver core. OL Kyle Long is having ankle issues as he sat out Thursday’s practice so his status is unknown. In total the Bears have nine players on injured reserve as injuries continue to be a huge problem with this team.
This is another big test for Trubsiky on the road. He is what everyone is looking at and the coaching has to continue to make adjustments to his abilities to bolster this offense. He may not have a lot to throw to, but in a rebuilding season they need to keep letting Trubisky play regardless of the skills of his targets. If the Bears front seven can put some pressure on Flacco and the offense can use Trubisky and the running game to generate some offense, then the Bears might be able to pull out a win.