Can The Defense Duplicate 2018 Numbers?
Chicago had the best defensive unit in football last season, holding teams to under 20 points per game. They had 50 sacks as a team and were +12 in turnovers. Going up against some stellar offenses, the Bears held most teams in check. Opponents rushed for 3.8 yards per carry, and averaged 6.3 yards per attempt against them in the pass. Holding teams to 30 touchdowns was a major win, and time of possession also was on the Bears offensive side. With no real departures, the Bears bring back the same core of defensive players that should give them another top three finish at the least.
Will This Group Of RBs Rank Top Ten In Yards?
The Bears have a running quarterback and a group of running backs that will be used heavily. They averaged 121.1 rushing yards per game last season, and ran 468 rushing plays. They averaged 4.1 yards per attempt, and also have Tarik Cohen who works in the passing game. Newly drafted David Montgomery is going to be thrown into a pretty solid role. Mike Davis was signed into a backup role who could get the occasional few touches per game. Chicago will likely have good game flows for these backs where they can produce and also rack up volume. Howard wasn't the most consistent but ended up with 900 yards and nine touchdowns. Both Cohen and Trubisky rushed for over 400 with three touchdowns a piece. There is a good chance the Bears crack into the top ten.
Can The Passing Game Get To League Average?
Chicago remains a more run oriented team, and it makes sense with the defense and Trubisky's inconsistency throwing a times. They ranked 21st in passing yards per game, and were 26th in pass attempts per game. Chicago had the sixth lowest percentage of passing plays called, and that number shouldn't jump too much if any. The Bears added to the receiving core with Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton. They also have Anthony Miller and drafted speedster Riley Ridley too. An investment like this should show something more than a bottom ten passing finish, but one year to gel we should analyze after this season.