1. Not having a primary receiver is actually helping the passing game
Orton has been at his best since Lloyd went down in Week 4 with a knee injury, which forced him to look other places for big plays downfield – it will be interesting to see how many touches Lloyd gets should he come back healthy in Week 9 after the bye.
2. Anderson was apparently a fluke as a rookie
The explanation for the Bears being vulnerable on defense at times in 2008 is their failure to generate consistent pressure up front, not all those injuries in the secondary, and Anderson deserves his share of the blame since rushing the passer is all he's really asked to do.
3. It's officially time to worry about this team's ability to run the football
The offensive line needs to start opening up holes on the ground as well as it has been protecting Orton in the pocket, and left guard Josh Beekman in particular should be looking over his shoulder right about now.
4. The Vasher situation is getting awfully curious
The coaches like what they see in Corey Graham and are more comfortable starting him this year than Trumaine McBride this past year, but Vasher's entire season could be in jeopardy if he's still unable to play against the Lions in Week 9 after the bye.
5. An extra seven days rest could not have come at a better time
Some teams have the bye come too early or too late based on how their season is unfolding, but the Bears have a little bit of Goldilocks good fortune – a bye in Week 8 is just right.
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