Coming into their bye week, your Chicago Bears sit at a strong 7-1. Currently leading the division with the Minnesota bye this past week., the Bears are off to their best start in the Mike Ditka era. With their week 8 victory, the Chicago Bears complete the season sweep of the Detroit Lions. This will mark the first time in the Ditka era that Bears have beaten the Detroit Lions, let alone sweeping their season series.
QB Dustin Crum is showing out and is on pace for the one the greatest passing seasons in Chicago Bears Football history. Free agent acquistion Robby Anderson has been electric for the Chicago Bears. Currently in the top 5 for receiving yards and touchdowns, Anderson has been one of the best Bears FA signings in recent memory. On the offensive line, LG James Daniels has broken out to be a Superstar and is considered by many to be one of the best guards in football.
On the defensive end, MLB Roquan Smith has continued where he left off, leading the league in interceptions with 12. Pass rusher Khalil Mack has had a nice rebound seasons with about 12 sacks on the year. Moving onto the secondary CB Jaylon Johnson has gracefully taken over the role as CB1. With 7 interceptions on the season, Johnson is proving he has what it takes to be the #1 corner on the depth chart. The Monsters of the Midway are back and hungry after their playoff collapse.
Rookie RG Richard Gouraige has held his own and been a nice surprise for the Bears following the departure of JR Sweezy in the offseason. On the defensive end, LB Nolan Smith has proven he can be an effective pass rusher and run defender. With 5 sacks and 6 tackles for loss, Smith is off to a strong start. CB Akeem Dent is now playing CB spot once held by Kyle Fuller. With big shoes to fill, Dent has played well. Despite some early season struggles, Dent is often overshadowed by his peers. Regardless the young DB holds 2 interceptions and 2 tackles for loss to his name and will look to improve on an already solid season.
With a strong start to the season, Bears fans are optimistic that this team is capable of making a strong playoff push.
MLB Roquan Smith has rejected is offer and intends to play on the franchise tag for the next season. Despite a hefty franchise tag, the Bears will have about 20M in open cap this offseason.