Da Bears – Where are they headed?

Nick Schallmo, Writer

What a couple of months it has been for Chicago sports. Despite many ups and downs caused by Covid-19, life is finally starting to feel like normal, especially when it comes to football. The National Football League (NFL) began its 55th season 4 weeks ago under circumstances it had never experienced before.

The Chicago Bears started off with great promise, but it’s too early to know how the rest of the season will play out. The Bears are currently 3-1 with an embarrassing 11-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. To be fair, the Colts do have a pretty good defense that held Chicago to just 11 points.

This disappointing defeat followed three nail biting victories for the Monsters of the Midway. In their first game of the season, they faced off against Matthew Stafford’s Detroit Lions. They escaped with a comeback win in the fourth quarter by 4 points and Mitchell Trubisky’s stats were very questionable.

In week 2, the Bears faced the New York Giants and squeaked out a 4 point victory, again in the fourth quarter.

One week later, Chicago met the Atlanta Falcons, and guess by how many points they won? 4. That victory was almost secondary to an even bigger storyline surrounding the team’s quarterback situation.

Trubisky, who signed a 4 year, $29 million dollar deal with the Bears in 2017, was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter by head coach Matt Nagy. To add to the drama, after Trubisky left the game, the Bears went on a huge run with ex-Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl champ Nick Foles in the quarterback position. They won the game to improve their season to 3-0.

Subsequently, Foles won himself the starting quarterback position in week 4 against the Colts. But, the Chicago offense had trouble getting anything started until the fourth quarter with a late game touchdown. He threw 1 touchdown and 1 interception, indicative of a lackluster performance.

Fans were hoping that Foles would be the answer to the Bears’ ongoing quarterback challenges. One game should not define any player’s entire season, but Chicago fans are eager for a leader who can put together a winning season.

So, where do the Bears go from here? Up next are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the ever-talented Tom Brady. While he’s not a Patriot anymore, there’s no doubt he will bring a team with him that will provide a challenge for the Bears.

Like Chicago, the Bucs are 3-1, and Brady will be eager to prove that he still has his mojo. The Bears need to be ready on all fronts, and not just the quarterback position.

With all that said, the season could change quickly because of COVID. So far, the team has been healthy, but if anyone contracts the virus, it could lead to postponed or even canceled games. The Bears need to win as many games as possible, and as soon as possible to give themselves a chance to make a playoff run.

As of right now, 5 or 6 more wins should put them in a good spot. We’ll see how the rest of the season plays out.