1. Orton could be on the verge of becoming a solid starting quarterback
Orton appears to be learning from his mistakes instead of continually making the same egregious errors over and over again, and the fact that offensive coordinator Ron Turner is giving his signal-caller a lot of leeway at the line of scrimmage proves that a sense of trust is developing.
2. Tillman and Vasher need to get healthy quick
Ricky Manning Jr. was phased out in part because he played so poorly when asked to start in place of either Tillman or Vasher in `06 and `07, making it all the more imperative that both starters receive as much treatment as possible and get back on the field in a hurry.
3. Olsen may be leaping ahead of Clark in the passing attack
Despite the fact that Clark has been one of the more underrated tight ends in the league for a few years now, and his better blocking will keep him in the starting lineup all season long provided he's healthy, Olsen is beginning to assert himself as a go-to guy – that two-fumble game against Carolina was just a fluke.
4. Hillenmeyer might be pushed for playing time
Don't look for Hillenmeyer to lose his seat atop the depth chart, but it's no secret that either Roach or Jamar Williams could be in line to take over in 2009 – and possibly steal more snaps the rest of 2008.
5. A 5-2 record is a realistic possibility heading into the Week 8 bye
Lovie Smith and Co. have proven they can get up for prime-time matchups against supposedly superior teams, but the mark of a champion is beating the teams you're supposed to beat and not letting them hang around in the fourth quarter.
John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.
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