Fresh off of their 27-21 victory against the winless New York Giants, The Chicago Bears sit atop the NFC North with a 4-2 record. With a bye in two weeks, the Bears are scheduled to play only once between now and November 4. The lull in the schedule allows us to take inventory of the team at the six-game mark of the season.
Pass defense: The Bears did hold Giants QB Eli Manning to 14-26 for 239 yards, but the pass defense has been porous all season. They rank 29th in opponents’ yards/game (271) and yards per attempt (8.4) and 27th in completion percentage (67%). They are 26th in opponents’ third down conversion percentage (43%), including seven of eleven by the Giants. Finally, they are 30th in sacks with a paltry eight. This is a problem area that must be addressed to assist a beleaguered secondary being tasked with maintaining coverage for far too long on passing plays.
Phil Emery: While Bears GM Emery deserves tremendous credit for the majority of his roster m