Thanks to the fine folks that work on the individual SB Nation NFL team sites, we have the ability to get the inside scoop on each and every team that the Chicago Bears will face this season.
In this offseason series, we'll lay out a few stats on Chicago's 2016 opponents and have the team sites give us all the info we need to be up to speed on any changes they may have made.
Week 1 - Chicago Bears at Houston Texans
September, 11 2016 - 12:00 CT
In 2015 the Bears' offense ranked 21st in total yards (344.6), 23rd in passing yards (228.8), 11th in rushing yards (115.9) and 23rd in total points scored (20.9). Defensively the Bears ranked 14th in total yards allowed (345.4), 4th in passing yards allowed (224.6), 22nd in rushing yards allowed (120.9) and 20th in points allowed (24.8).
In 2015 the Texans' offense ranked 19th in total yards (347.8), 18th in passing yards (239.6),15th in rushing yards (108.2) and in scoring they were 22nd (21.2). Houston's defense ranked 3rd in total yards allowed (310.2), 3rd in passing yards allowed (210.4), 10th in rushing yards allowed (99.8) and they were 7th in points allowed (19.6).
Texans 2016 Season Preview
From Battle Red Blog
Notable free agent additions: (QB) Brock Osweiler, (RB) Lamar Miller, (OG) Jeff Allen
Notable free agent departures: (OG) Brandon Brooks, (C) Ben Jones, (RB) Arian Foster
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies: (WR) Will Fuller, (C/OG) Nick Martin, (WR)Braxton Miller, and Tyler Ervin (EDGE, a new hybrid slot WR/RB position we created just for him)
Biggest offseason addition: (QB) Brock Osweiler
Biggest storyline heading into training camp: How does Brock Osweiler do as the new franchise quarterback? Can he develop chemistry with his young arsenal of weapons? Can he adjust to a new offense under Bill O'Brien? Can he at the very least be good enough to guide this loaded roster to some wins without screwing it up?
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp: Kevin Johnson cementing his status as an elite young corner, Jaelen Strong potentially breaking out as DeAndre Hopkins' partner in crime, J.J. Watt going on a quest to win his fourth DPOY trophy, and of course this team taking the next step from division winner to AFC contender.
Notable injuries heading into training camp: J.J. Watt recovering from his various ailments, Kevin Johnson rehabbing from a broken foot and broken wrist, and Duane Brown coming back from a torn quad.