CARDINALS AT BEARS
- 11 a.m. Sunday
- Soldier Field, Chicago
- Line: Cardinals -7.5 (For more details see BetMGM.com)
The three biggest things to watch for Sunday when the Cardinals play the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago:
Kyler And Hop? Yeah, Kyler And Hop
The weeks of waiting appear to be over. The quarterback and the wide receiver should be back on the field Sunday against the Bears as the Cardinals try to put their offense back together for the stretch run. Colt McCoy did an excellent job, but he isn't Kyler Murray. And as deep as the team's receiving corps is, they need DeAndre Hopkins. It's possible they manage Hopkins' snaps if he plays, especially if it is chilly and rainy. But as good as the Cards' offense has (mostly) looked in their absence, having Murray and Hop on the field is a next level lift.
Make It Be About The QB
It doesn't matter as much about who starts at quarterback for the Bears, whether it be Andy Dalton (for whom the Cards made life miserable last season when he played for the Cowboys) or Justin Fields (talented, but a rookie). The Bears are going to want to run first – they are eighth in the league in rushing the ball, above the Cards in the rankings – and in a game that might have some weather, that's where the Cards must clamp down. Make Dalton beat you. Make Fields beat you. Don't let David Montgomery have a chance to beat you. UPDATE: The Bears will start Dalton.
Make Sure The Bears Are Who You Think They Are
No, the Cardinals didn't play the Bears in the preseason, like they did in their preseason-regular season doubleheader back in 2006. But the Cards know what they are getting into in Chicago. They know there will be a chill in the air, and they know there might be rain. They know the Bears are not a great team, still trying to settle their quarterback situation, missing multiple key players with injury. They are hanging around the fringes of that final playoff spot, but these current Bears are a team the top seed in the NFC should dispose of – especially if they have hopes of hanging on to that top seed by the playoffs.