Bears

Bears vs. Broncos: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Bears vs. Broncos: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season can't come fast enough for a Chicago Bears team looking to regain its confidence after falling to the Green Bay Packers 10-3 on opening night. From Matt Nagy to Mitch Trubisky to the entire offensive line, the Bears offense will be in the spotlight against Vic Fangio and the angry Denver Broncos pass rush that was shut out by the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Trubisky, especially, will be the primary focus Sunday. He has to prove capable of a rebound game after such a poor showing against Chicago's biggest rival. He's been the target of criticism all week and it doesn't help that the two quarterbacks selected after him in the 2017 NFL Draft were Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. It's nearing put up or shut up time for No. 10.

As for Nagy? The reigning NFL Coach of the Year hasn't suddenly forgotten how to call plays, but he'll face what may be his biggest challenge of the season against Fangio's defensive genius. Both coaches know each other very well which should make for a really interesting chess match on Sunday.

RELATED: Bears plummet in Week 2's NFL Power Rankings

Bears fans may have been hoping for a completely different narrative surrounding this team on the cusp of their second game of 2019, but here we are. Is Week 2 a season-defining moment? Probably not. But it will tell us a lot about Trubisky and the direction of the offense before Chicago takes center stage again on Monday Night Football in Week 3.

Here’s how you can tune in to the game:

Game Information

Chicago Bears (0-1) vs. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Date: Sunday, Sept. 15
Time: 3:25p.m. CT
Location: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver)
TV: FOX

NBC Sports Chicago Coverage
6:30 p.m. CT: Football Aftershow (or at the conclusion of the game)

Announcers

Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Jen Hale

Stream

Stream on NFL Game Pass

Radio

WBBM 780 (Chicago) and 105.9 FM

Satellite Radio

Bears feed: XM Streaming 384

Broncos feed: XM 226

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Be sure to tune in on the MyTeams App at 12 p.m. on Sept. 5 for the NFL Kickoff Show.

Bears in must-win game vs. Redskins after NFC North dominates Week 3

Bears in must-win game vs. Redskins after NFC North dominates Week 3

Rarely is a Week 3 game described as a must-win, but in the case of the Chicago Bears' Monday night contest against the Washington Redskins, it may just be. 

Chicago's win last Sunday over the Broncos was a critical victory that evened their record at 1-1, and while a .500 start after two games suggests a playoff berth is still a very realistic possibility, the early-season returns from the rest of the NFC North have turned up the heat.

Week 3 was dominated by the division. The Packers, Vikings and Lions all won their games in impressive fashion. Detroit was especially terrific in their win over the Eagles, who were favored entering the week. 

Green Bay's victory over Denver moves them to a perfect 3-0 to start the year, while the Lions also remain undefeated at 2-0-1. The Vikings improved to 2-1 with their win over the Raiders and will be Chicago's next opponent in Week 4.

If the Bears lose Monday night, they'll fall to 1-2 and last place in the NFC North. That, coupled with a divisional game next Sunday, is a potential doomsday scenario if Chicago goes 0-2 over that span. They'll be 1-3 and left clawing for a wildcard over the final 12 games, especially if the Packers upend a banged-up Eagles squad Thursday night.

Obviously, a win over the Redskins changes that outlook. They'll return to Soldier Field with confidence and momentum against the Vikings; a sweep improves their record 3-1 and still very much neck-and-neck with the Packers.

As crazy as it may seem, Chicago needs a win Monday night in the worst way. If they come up short, the season could quickly come apart at the seams. 

Former GM says winning a Super Bowl with Mitch Trubisky isn't feasible

Former GM says winning a Super Bowl with Mitch Trubisky isn't feasible

Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky has been bruised and battered by the media and even some fans after a sluggish start to the 2019 season. But the Bears are 1-1 and have a winnable game on deck Monday night against the Washington Redskins, so things could be worse.

The pressing question Bears fans should be asking themselves, however, is how much better can this team actually be? Is Chicago a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Do they have a Super Bowl quarterback under center?

According to former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, the answer is no.

Lombardi penned an article for The Athletic that outlined several reasons why he isn't a believer in Trubisky or the Bears' chances to win a Super Bowl despite having what he described as a great defense.

Trubisky is not fluent in playing quarterback, he lacks overall instincts for the position, accuracy, and when the game speeds up, he slows way down. He is a great athlete with a strong arm playing the position, not a great quarterback with high-level instinctive skills. Pace fell in love with the the athlete, the arm, the movement, and he forgot about the traits that are essential to play the position. Instincts matter more than anything; being quick-minded is way more important than being quick-footed. If you watched Trubisky and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady work out, without knowing their history, you would pick Trubisky every time. But Brady knows how to play the position, Trubisky doesn’t.

This may be the most damning criticism of Trubisky so far, but it shouldn't be all that surprising. Lombardi has long been a Trubisky-doubter and was one of his biggest haters last season, too.

The problem this time around is Trubisky hasn't provided many reasons to suggest Lombardi is wrong.

Now, the suggestion that Trubisky doesn't know how to play quarterback is obvious hyperbole. He was a decorated high school recruit, had a very successful senior season at North Carolina and flashed top-tier potential in 2018, his first season in Matt Nagy's offense. But his pedestrian first two games this season have added fuel to Lombardi's bonfire and the only way to extinguish it is with a breakout performance in front of a national television audience Monday night.

Through two games this season, Trubisky's completed 58.3% of his passes for 348 yards, 0 TDs and one INT.