Starting the season with three straight losses (two of the losses coming at the hands of rookie quarterbacks in their 2nd and 3rd career games) and a -38 point differential, the Chicago Bears looked like the worse team in the NFL. It got even worse, as key players like Jeremy Langford, Jay Cutler, Danny Trevathan, Eddie Goldman and Kyle Fuller went down with severe injuries and are going to miss an extended period of time. The Bears were looking worse and worse when it didn’t even seem like it was possible. But then week four came and the Bears beat their division rivals, the Detroit Lions. Many promising things from that game prove why the Bears season is turning around.
Brian Hoyer is a seasoned veteran and the man the Bears need under center for now. Jay Cutler looked awful while he was on the field and the offense and had no production. Brian Hoyer doesn’t only move the offense smoother than Cutler, he also has much more of a leadership presence. The quarterback is looked to as the leader and cutler didn’t do a good job of that. Brian Hoyer is the temporary solution, and the veteran is very capable of playing winning football
Jordan Howard, the fifth round draft choice out of Indiana looks like he’ll have a promising career. He’s the first Bears rookie running back to rush for 100+ in a game since Matt Forte in 2008. He finished the game with 111 yards rushing on 23 carries. After the game he received high praise from coaches and players in the locker room. Howard has made a name for himself after this debut and the Bears backfield is his with Jeremy Langford sidelined. Expect big things from this youngster.
Eddie Royal has looked like his vintage self these first four weeks. He has 241 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving during the first quarter of the season. He’s also had a few long punt returns including a 65 yard touchdown return. Royal is one of Hoyer’s favorite targets, and the production has shown. Maybe Royal’s career has just been re-born.
The team in now believing in themselves after their win over the Lions. It was their first win against the Lions since the 2012 season. With two very winnable games against the Colts and Jaguars up next, the Bears know that they need to take advantage of this opportunity. With wins in these next two weeks, the Bears could enter a Week 7 primetime game against Packers at 3-3. Wouldn’t that get interesting considering what they did last Thanksgiving? Although the road ahead of them is challenging, the Chicago Bears season is just hitting its turning point and they have the weapons to to win.