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Chicago Bears: First quarter report card The NFL is through the first quarter of 2018 and so far Chicago Bears Hats , it’s been another fun season filled with plenty of parity. While it’s still early, there are currently five teams that hold leads on divisions that didn’t finish at the top the year before.The Chicago Bears are one of those, yet they are the only team that is currently on track for a worst-to-first type turnaround. Will it last? Only time will tell, but they’ve surprised many around the league with their hot start.NFL teams often take the season week-by-week but it’s no secret that they also judge themselves by breaking up the season into four quarters, much like a 60-minute football game. With that in mind, let’s take a look at just how good the Bears have been and what’s ahead in their final 12 games.OffensePhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesSo far, it’s been a mixed bag of results for this brand new offense. The good news? It all came together in Week 4 with a 48-10 dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky finished the game with 354 passing yards, 53 rushing yards and a whopping six passing touchdowns. Throughout their prior three games, it was a much different story though. Plenty of panic had set in with the fanbase, and analysts around the league, as Trubisky and the offense sputtered out of the gate. Some had even questioned whether or not head coach Matt Nagy should be calling plays.Currently, the team’s offense ranks like this:8th in points (27.8)10th in rushing (121.5)20th in DVOA (-1.8%)22nd in yards (341)23rd in passing (219.5)Obviously, some of this has been skewed since Week 4’s performance, but one could make an argument that Week 3 had a similar impact in the other direction. Regardless of the semantics, this unit needs to be better but the hope is that Sunday’s performance will act as a launching pad for Trubisky and the offense.Three Studs:Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesLT Charles Leno Jr.RG Kyle LongRB Tarik CohenThree Duds:Photo by Rob Carr/Getty ImagesLG Eric KushTE Dion SimsRB Jordan HowardGrade: CIf not for last weekend’s performance, this grade is sizably lower. This isn’t to overlook their struggles in the first three contests, though. We’ve seen flashes from the offense and wondered what would happen if they dialed back the complexity and started successful hitting downfield. Sunday we witnessed exactly what this offense is capable of.No fan should expect 48 points or six touchdowns from Trubisky on a weekly basis, but everyone has seen that the second-year quarterback is capable of doing something that no Bears quarterback has accomplished since the 1940’s. If this unit can play at 60% of what it did, they could finish near the top 10. Consistency will be key moving forward.DefensePhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesContrary to the offensive side of the ball, the defensive unit has been unbelievable. Of course adding Khalil Mack to a top-10 unit (statistically speaking) from last year never hurts.This Bears defense has taken the league by storm. Not only are they putting up top five results in the way of traditional numbers, they’ve flat out dominated the majority of the time they’ve been out on the field. To illustrate their dominance a little better. The Bears have seen seven quarterbacks in four games. Two starters have been benched and one was hurt for a little under a quarter. For a better look at just how good this unit has been, here’s some numbers:1st in Defensive DVOA (-30%)1st in sacks (18)1st in defensive touchdowns (2)2nd in turnovers (11)3rd in points (16.3)4th in yards (294.5)Through four games, the Bears have been the best defensive unit in football and have thoroughly dominated each opponent (outside of Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter of Week 1). They’ve also had arguably the best front seven in football and all of this comes without Leonard Floyd factoring in the sack department just yet.As long as this unit stays healthy, this is a group that will end up challenging Lovie Smith’s defenses of the mid-2000’s in most statistical categories. More importantly, this appears to be a Super Bowl caliber defense that only needs a league average offense to dominate in the win column.Three Studs:Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesOLB Khalil MackDL Akiem HicksS Eddie JacksonTwo Duds:Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty ImagesCB Kyle FullerDL Jonathan BullardGrade: AThis unit has been incredible and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, as long as they continue to stay healthy. In fact, this unit has been so good I couldn’t even highlight three “duds” because even the two listed haven’t been horrible.If Floyd can get going over the final 12 games in the pass rush department Chicago Bears Hoodie , it’s completely possible that the Bears could end up with close to 70 sacks this year. That may seem lofty but they’ve had the lowest blitz percentage in the league at close to 12% and are still averaging 4.5 sacks-per-game so far. With quarterback pressure will also bring a consistent flow of turnovers.Special TeamsPhoto by Jennifer Stewart/Getty ImagesSo far so good for this unit. As many know, I wasn’t a huge fan of the Chris Tabor hire, but so far he’s proved me wrong. Special teams can be hard to evaluate and I’m not going to sit here and pretend to know how to even do that. With that being said, here’s some numbers for why I believe this is a good unit:4th in made field goals (9)4th in punt return yardage (12.8)5th in Special Teams DVOA (+4.6)6th in net punting average (42.9)Long story short, this unit hasn’t given up anything but and has continued to come up when it’s needed.Grade: A-What’s AheadThe Bears have a bye in Week 5 before the attack the final 12 games on their schedule. Here’s a look at the remainder of their schedule:At DolphinsVs PatriotsVs JetsAt BillsVs LionsVs VikingsAt Lions At GiantsVs RamsVs PackersAt 49ersAt VikingsAs seen above, they’ll face the AFC East over the next four weeks. Their current 3-1 conference schedule will come into handy with any tie-breaking scenarios within the conference in the meantime.The second half of the schedule will see nothing but NFC opponents. Five of those games will be against divisional opponents, which is where their season will likely be decided. Heading into Week 5, the Bears currently hold the top spot in the NFC North and have a chance to hold that lead with a host of winnable games for the foreseeable future.With all of that being said, they must win within their division if they expect a playoff spot this year. Even if they match their first quarter of the season with a 3-1 record in the second installment, a 6-2 record likely won’t be enough to overcome poor divisional play in the second half. Even so, every team in the NFC North looks beatable. The Bears appear to be in a prime position to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2010, at least on paper. One way or another, the Bears exceeded expectations through the first four games and have a chance to mirror that through the next four. It's not exactly a comfortable feeling for the Chicago Bears, despite their current lofty status.Alone in first place in the NFC North for the first time since late in the 2013 season, the Bears (2-1) know they've shown enough flaws for concern about upcoming games.And most of their problems revolve around the offense, and quarterback Mitchell Trubisky."Offensively after watching the tape, again, red zone-wise yesterday wasn't good enough," Bears coach Matt Nagy said Monday, following Sunday's 16-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals. "We need to be better in the red zone, we need to get to a point to where we're putting touchdowns up on the board and not kicking field goals."Chicago's offense reached the end zone once in two games and twice in the other, and Trubisky turned the ball over twice in the first half against Arizona."We did a good job moving the football, getting first downs and controlling the ball," Trubisky said after the win. "We just have to continue to find ways to get points."The Bears have scored touchdowns on only 40 percent of their trips into the red zone, placing them in the bottom quarter of the league.Trubisky's fundamentals while passing against pressure left something to be desired Sunday, as the Cardinals repeatedly blitzed."I thought that there were some good ones and I thought there were some he could get better at," Nagy said. "That's where we're at. He'll be the first to tell you that."We'll do everything we possibly can each week to make sure we limit those inaccuracies."Trubisky threw for two touchdown passes for the first time ever in the Bears' 24-17 win over Seattle Youth Customized Chicago Bears Jerseys , but then followed with a passer rating of 73.5 Sunday against Arizona.One possible way to improve Trubisky's effort would be to scale back the offense.Considering he has started only 15 NFL games, it's possible Trubisky is at his limit in comprehending all the nuances of the team's new attack."I think that it's probably getting close," Nagy said.Nagy added there are other factors slowing the offense besides his quarterback, but Trubisky must be completely aware of the best places to go with the football."When you feel like it's getting close to that breaking point or too much, you've got to pull back," Nagy said. "And so I feel like we've done a pretty good job so far with that."We'll continue to monitor that and see where he's at. We'll talk to him, we'll get feedback from him, as well as the other guys, and then try to figure out the 'why' part. Why aren't we where we want to be?"A way to solve some of the offensive woes would be to get the ball downfield more often. Although the Bears are happy with their 36:21 of possession time Sunday, they've struggled all year with getting yards after the catch or long completions.Allen Robinson had Chicago's season-long pass reception against Arizona with a 39-yarder to start a scoring drive."I think you can see what it does (with) the one we hit Allen down the sideline," Nagy said."You feel it, you feel that energy, you get the momentum going, the guys feel it, it stresses a defense when you have that. So those are important to have and we need to start connecting on those."There are other problems, as well.The defensive depth is being taxed after a hamstring injury to cornerback Prince Amukamara. His backup, Marcus Cooper, has a hamstring injury, as well.By and large, though, the defense has been dominant thanks to Khalil Mack's pass rushing.In fact, it's been so strong Nagy found himself being questioned about a potentially dangerous rift developing within the team as the defense carries too much of the load.Nagy discounted this."As well and as dominant as our defense has been, there's going to be a time this year 鈥?I can't tell you when 鈥?but there's going to be a time this year when they need the offense," Nagy said. "I've been a part of both sides. I've been a part of where the defense is dominant and the offense is struggling."And you've got to make sure that you understand that there's 16 games in a season. It's going to balance out, typically."

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