It’s no secret that the Bears are short-handed, undermanned and void of talent.
The reality is that the 2016 version of the Bears aren’t very good, they aren’t any better than last years team.
If the Bears want to avoid opening the season 0-4, as well as hit an all-time low seven straight home losses, they need to beat the Lions.
This game is far from a gimme, especially given the strength of the Lions’ offense and the weakness of the Bears’ defense, as pointed out here.
So which are the three Chicago players that need to show up in order for the Bears get a win?
Tracy Porter, CB - The Bears secondary is injury-depleted and has struggled to keep up with opposing WRs. Chicago has allowed a pass play of over thirty yards in each of their first three games. Porter is going to be matched up against Marvin Jones Sunday. Jones averaging 22.7 yards per catch and 136 yards per game. This could end up being the single-most important match up of the week.
Leonard Floyd, OLB - The first round pick has gotten off to a slow start. Through three games he has only half a sack. During the Dallas game, Vic Fangio used his new talent mostly to drop into coverage. This week he will get a chance to face off against rookie tackle Taylor Decker, who has struggled. It’s time for Floyd to get a chance to do what he is best suited for: getting after the QB.
Jordan Howard, RB - The Bears need to get their run game going, regardless of who the quarterback is. It is time for the rookie to step up. With Jeremy Langford out and Ka’Deem Carey banged up, Howard will be the lead back with the newly-signed Joique Bell giving him a break. Howard has flashed in limited chances but Sunday could be a coming out party. The run game is going to make or break the team’s offense and their chances of winning, so let’s see what you got, rook.
Who are your key players for Sunday?