A season with high expectations didn’t go according to plan in Week 1 for the Chicago Bears. They kicked off the season with a loss against the Green Bay Packers at home last Thursday night. It was the season opener for the NFL season and the game was a massive dud.
Mitch Trubisky and the Bears’ offense were clueless at home, as the Packers swallowed him up for all night. Trubisky looked like garbage and he had the home crowd behind him. Well, before he started to struggle and they turned on him. All the Bears could muster up was 3 points in a 10-3 loss.
I’m not that high on Green Bay this season, so that was a discouraging loss at home for the Bears. Credit the Packers’ defense for playing a fundamentally strong game, but the Bears made them look much better than they are. Trubisky must be better than that, especially with plenty of time to prepare for the Packers in Week 1.
He ultimately passed for 228 yards without a touchdown pass and 1 interception. The ground game was pathetic as well, with Bears’ leading rusher, Mike Davis, going for 19 yards on 5 carries. Why the Bears shied away from running the ball more was slightly confusing.
It wasn’t like they were down all game and had to get away from running the ball. Trubisky didn’t have it, yet the Bears kept going back to him. They can’t just sit back and expect the defense to win the game for them this week.
Now the Bears are in a difficult situation on the road. The Broncos aren’t the best opponent out there, but winning in Denver at Mile High Stadium is not an easy task. Trubisky is going to get a lot of criticism sent his way if he can’t perform in this one, though. The pressure is already on and it’s only Week 2.
Denver are coming off a loss as well, with the Raiders beating them for a 24-16 final. Joe Flacco was adequate and I think he played fine, but there weren’t any big plays and the offense struggled to finish drives. We’ll see if a change of venue in Denver helps in this one. Head below for our free Bears vs. Broncos pick in Week 2 of the NFL.
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Joe Flacco will take some heat for the loss against the Raiders, but it’s not a game to directly pin on him. There was nothing incredibly wrong with his performance. He passed for 268 yards with a touchdown on 21-of-31 passing. Flacco avoided interceptions and he would have had 2 touchdowns if not for an easy drop in the end zone by a receiver.
Like much of the night, the Broncos had to settle for a field goal in that instance. Flacco wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t the difference maker in the game. And at this point in his career, no one is expecting Flacco to be a difference maker too often.
The environment in Denver is never easy for visiting teams. Conditioning is ultra important playing in the thin air at Mile High Stadium. The altitude becomes an issue for some players, giving the Broncos a nice advantage at home. Denver went just 3-5 at home last season, which seems to contradict what I just said.
However, the Chargers were the only team who beat them by more than 4 points in Denver. And that was the finale game of the season, a meaningless game for the Broncos and a must-win scenario for the Chargers. Against the Rams, they were expected to get blown out by many pundits, but only lost 23-20.
Again, the Broncos were a play away from beating the Chiefs in a 27-23 loss in 2018. The Broncos were driving in that game late and Case Keenum missed a wide-open Demaryius Thomas along the sideline. That’s another game where the Broncos weren’t expected to be competitive.
The oddsmakers have the Bears as a field goal favorite in this spot in Denver. They might have confidence in Trubisky to go on the road as a favorite, but I don’t have much. Dating back to last season, the Bears have scored 15 points or less in five of their last six games. What we saw last week isn’t an outlier, their offense just isn’t good. Denver may not win, but they likely keep it within 3 points. The home underdog looks like the play here.