1. Cutler is going to keep the other team in the game sometimes
Cutler fell into the same trap many signal callers fall into on opening night, trying to do too much, and although his play will no doubt improve in Week 2, learn to live with the occasional head-scratching turnover.
2. Lack of a free safety hurts the most against top passing offenses
Until Chicago finds a pure center fielder-type, like Mike Brown used to be before all the injuries piled up, a crucial element of this Cover 2 will be missing.
3. Receivers can make plays but need to get open more often
The Packers went out of their way to take away Greg Olsen, Cutler's No. 1 weapon in the passing game, so look for future opponents to do the same until the wideouts step it up a notch.
4. Urlacher may be the toughest piece of the puzzle to replace
The Midway Monsters can handle losing Pisa Tinoisamoa for a while since the strong-side linebacker isn't even on the field in the nickel package, but this D minus Urlacher in the middle could prove to be catastrophic for a ballclub with Super Bowl aspirations.
5. Coverage units could be a question mark all of a sudden
Lovie Smith's defense is a bend-but-don't-break system, giving up shorter gains in order to concentrate on forcing turnovers, but that approach is less effective when the enemy offense takes over at the 40-yard line instead of back at the 20.
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