Real test for Bears still on the horizon

Real test for Bears still on the horizon
Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune

If this were a couple years ago, the Bears’ first two games this season would be pretty brutal. Peyton Manning and the Colts would be Chicago's first test, followed by a Thursday night showdown at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and company.

Instead, the Bears are fortunate enough to begin the season against a Colts team that is in the midst of a rebuild, and they face a rookie quarterback in his first regular season NFL game.

Andrew Luck will eventually be a premiere player. I believe that. He's already shown command of Bruce Arians' offense during the preseason, as well as the ability to make great throws at the NFL level.

But even with the addition of Luck, the Colts aren't ready to compete for much of anything. For one, throughout exhibition play, they weren’t able to pass protect well. Luck is taking a lot of pressure on dropbacks, and without a good tailback to take pressure off the rookie, it makes things even more difficult.

Besides that, the defense just doesn’t have the personnel to run Greg Manusky's scheme yet. A lot of players are playing new positions, which almost always requires a learning curve before success.

Eventually, as all rebuilding teams do, the time will come when Indianapolis is able to compete with some of the League's best, but right now, it's going to be tough.

For Bears fans, expectations should be tempered after Sunday’s game. Soldier Field is a tough place to begin your NFL career, especially against a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. Knowing the deficiencies the Colts bring to the game, Chicago should handle Indianapolis pretty easily.

The big test is Thursday's game against Green Bay. If the Bears can come out of Wisconsin with a win, they have a great chance to be 3-0 heading to Dallas in Week-4.

Forget how good the team looks after this game—they should look great—and be worried if the contest is at all close. We won't know much about the Chicago Bears until Thursday night.

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