Stopping Alvin Kamara and disappointing Mitchell Trubisky. That’s how the Chicago Bears can upset the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs on Sunday.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. After last season’s playoff berth and Coach of the Year honours for their rookie head coach hire, Bears Nation went into this season hoping to take the next step forward. With a second full offseason to fully immerse his unit in his offensive scheme, in particular third year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy’s team were expected to make a significant leap forward.
All the talk in the lead up to the first of this season’s London series games was about the performance of the Chicago Bears defence four games into the season. Some folks in Bears circles were even talking of what it would mean for QB Mitch Trubisky’s job security if backup Chase Daniel dominated against the Oakland Raiders.
On the surface, it looks like the Raiders are all over the place, but there is a method to their madness. Trading Mack and Cooper was a hard pill to swallow, but management knew the Raiders were in no position to contend last year. Rather than commit all that money to Mack and Cooper, they supercharged a rebuild with extra picks, and spread that cap space across multiple needs. After the draft concluded, shortsighted twitter GM’s were quick to mock the Raiders.