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Bears season opener preview vs the Falcons

The Bears open up the season vs the Atlanta Falcons at noon today which you can watch on FOX, but if you prefer the hometown call, tune into WBBM Radio.

The Bears are coming off a 3-13 season in ’16 which saw multiple injuries to players including Jay Cutler who is now a Miami Dolphin.

Mike Glennon will be the starting QB this afternoon and Mitch Trubisky slots in as the backup QB.

Questions swirled in preseason where Trubisky would be in regards to backup or number three. Mark Sanchez was though to be the veteran backup, until head coach John Fox’s decision came this past week. Glennon will be under pressure this month as the Bears go up against tough teams in the schedule. Most say that should Glennon struggle early, Trubisky will start in the 4th game at the earliest.

Bears offense will see Jordan Howard and rookie Tarik Cohen as the focal point of the offense. Howard was a 3rd string running back last season but ended up with 1,313 yards.

Kevin White, Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright are considered to be the top 3 receivers but injuries have plagued them, most especially White. He hasn’t played in many games and no one knows how he’ll do since his NFL experience is very limited.

Offense obviously is questionable this season. Last year they were 4th worst in the NFL, averaging 17.4 points per game.

Defense is a big question and when you face the Falcons offense, well that’s not a good way to start the season. This is a high ranked offensive line that’s coming back this year for Atlanta. Only difference is Kyle Shanahan, who was their offensive coordinator is the 49ers head coach.

Connor Barth returns as the kicker. Bears had brought in Roberto Aguayo but had cut him.  Barth was brought in last season to replace longtime kicker Robbie Gould, who had been released at least a week before the season opener.

The Falcons come in from a very defeating Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

One change I mentioned earlier is at offensive coordinator this season when Kyle Shanahan was hired to coach the 49ers. Matt Ryan will have his usual go to targets since the offensive line has returned this year. No idea how they’ll do because they’ll do well but won’t have the domination like last season.

The defense had early struggles to start last year but then settled in.

Outlook: A lot of experts and fans are pretty much saying this game favors the Falcons.  I would have to agree because overall Atlanta is dominant in offense and defense.  Bears will have both sides along with special teams having their work cut out for them.  After today the schedule won’t be any easier that’s for sure.  Last year they won 3 games.  This year probably about 5 or 6.  Anything above that is a definite reach.

Update:  Akiem Nicks yesterday signed a 4 year contract extension for $48 million with $30 million guaranteed.

As part of pregame ceremonies, the Bears will have Blackhawks anthem singer Jim Cornelison sing the national anthem before kickoff.  

Well enjoy the game Bears fans!