When the Bears have been healthy and all on the same page this season, they have been competitive with some of the best teams in the NFC in the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks.
The problem is that they haven’t all been together for very long.
The Bears went back and forth with the Packers for three and a half quarters before a Jay Cutler turnover sealed the deal.
The Bears and Cardinals battled it out in a close game for much of the first half in Week 2 before Cutler went down with an injury and the Cardinals blew open the doors in the second half.
And this past Sunday, the Bears took the aggression to the Seahawks and dictated the pace of the game while keeping the score within a touchdown at halftime. This, before the Seahawks woke up and pulled away, not because the Bears gave up but because the Seahawks simply have more talent.
All this came with Cutler missing a game and a half, Alshon Jeffery missing the past two games, and rookie Kevin White out since training camp.
Those are three potent offensive players, and when joined with Pro Bowlers Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett, the Bears have a solid offense in the making.
As the season progresses, we will continue to see struggles as Adam Gase‘s offense finds its identity, but we’re also going to see signs of progress that will sit better than the past three weeks did.