Here are six of them...
1) Andy Dalton and the number 1 offense
The Bears went three and out twice during Dalton’s Chicago debut under center last week against the Dolphins, so him and the first stringers looking like a competent unit would be nice to see. I’ve been adamant that this is a big year for Matt Nagy as a play caller, and while it’s just preseason, I think Nagy could really use some success and that starts with Dalton executing.
2) Cody Whitehair, Sam Mustipher, and James Daniels
The interior of the Bears offensive line has the potential be be really good, so I’ll be watching to see how they work together, how Mustipher fares against a pretty good group of Buffalo defensive tackles, and how Daniels has grown from last season.
3) Justin Fields building off last week
I don’t care if it is Fields and a bunch of Bears backups facing off against the Bills third team defense, because every rep the Bears rookie takes is important for him. The sexy plays would be great to see, but if he’s making the smart reads and commanding the offense, that’s a win in my book.
But I’d still like him to bring some explosiveness on Saturday.
4) Larry Borom’s feet
With one rookie offensive lineman sidelined indefinitely, I may as well focus or the other. Nagy said Borom would be in the mix at left tackle, but which ever side he lines up on I’ll be paying close attention to his quickness to see if he has the athleticism to wall off edge rushers.
Besides Jaylon Johnson at their number one corner, the Bears don’t have a cornerback spot on the roster set. Kindle Vildor, Desmond Trufant, and Artie Burns all seem to be in the mix to start outside, and Duke Shelley, Vildor, Burns, Marqui Christian, et. al. are all vying for the slot corner job.
I think some clarity is needed in the next week.
6) Mitch Trubisky
I was a Trubisky fan for four years, and while things didn't work out for him in Chicago, I would like to see him figure things out and avoid a Christian Ponder-like career. I mentioned this on Twitter, but if I were in attendance at Soldier Field on Saturday, I’d give him some applause when he ran out for the first time, but them after that he’d get booed just like every other opposing player.
What are some things you’ll be watching for on Saturday?