It may only be Week 2, but the Chicago Bears are facing a critical moment in their 2019 season. And it's not because dropping to 0-2 would end their season; instead, it's about building confidence. If the Bears can re-establish themselves among the NFL's best teams by putting a whooping on the Broncos, all will be right in Chicago again.
Unfortunately for Bears fans, it won't be easy. Despite losing to the Raiders in Week 1, Denver is a very talented team coached by one of the NFL's most respected defensive minds. Chicago saw firsthand just how much of an impact Vic Fangio can have on a gameplan, and his familiarity with the Bears' offensive personnel will give him an even greater advantage than he normally has when scheming for an opponent.
Fangio also has the benefit of some great talent to work with. But would any of them be an upgrade for the Bears?
Let's start with Von Miller, the all-world pass-rusher who has 98 sacks since entering the league in 2011. For 30 other teams in the NFL, he'd be a marked upgrade and a must-have. In Chicago? Not so much. Khalil Mack is two years younger than Miller and is just as effective as a pass rusher. Sure, Miller would be an upgrade compared to every other edge defender on the roster, but that's just not fair. Especially when Mack is already on this squad. Advantage? Bears.
How about Bradley Chubb? Miller's pass-rushing running mate has already established himself as one of the NFL's top young sack artists after registering 12 sacks as a rookie in 2018. Compare that total to Leonard Floyd, who had just 15.5 sacks over three seasons coming into 2019. Floyd did have a two-sack game against the Packers in Week 1, but it's not enough to ignore the obvious: Chubb would be a fantastic upgrade for a Bears defense that would go from elite to historic with him running alongside Mack.
The good news for Bears fans? The list of potential upgrades stops there. It's Miller and Chubb. That's it.
No player on Denver's offense -- from Joe Flacco to Emanuel Sanders to Courtland Sutton or any of the running backs and offensive linemen -- are better or offer someone with more upside than who the Bears already have on the roster. Flacco truthers would argue he's a better choice than Mitch Trubisky, but at this point in both quarterbacks' careers, give me No. 10.
The only exception may be rookie tight end Noah Fant, the former Iowa star who was selected by the Broncos in the first round of April's NFL draft. But we're only one game into his career; there's no reason to suggest he'll be any better than Trey Burton until he proves otherwise.
On paper, it looks like the Bears have a significant talent advantage heading into Sunday's Week 2 matchup. Sadly, it looked that way in Week 1, too.
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