1. The book has been written on how to beat the Bears defense this year
When you hold the third-best rushing offense in the NFL to just 20 yards on the ground – at home, remember – and still trail by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, then you really need to take a closer look at your coverage schemes in the secondary.
2. Grossman is destined to be a career backup
Grossman will still collect a few healthy paychecks before his NFL career is over as a veteran backup, probably from more than one team before he finally hangs up his spikes, but his days of being The Man are long gone once and for all.
3. Dvoracek isn't having near the season he's being credited for at nose
You can blame the defensive end rotation of Alex Brown, Adewale Ogunleye, and Mark Anderson all you want for not putting enough pressure on the passer, but they're not getting much help from their friends inside these days.
4. Lack of a No. 1 receiver hurt badly Sunday
The coaching staff has to be held accountable for not developing talent at the receiver position, especially with the waived Mark Bradley turning into an instant threat the moment he put on a Chiefs uniform.
5. Smith and Co. will make or break their season on this road trip
The Bears are fortunate to have three consecutive home dates at chilly Soldier Field in December, but they have to get the job done away from the Windy City first if they want to control their own destiny the rest of the way.
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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