Todd Collins is the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears this Sunday. According to ESPN, Collins is starting for the injured Jay Cutler, who has a concussion that he still hasn’t fully recovered from. This will definitely alter the approach that the Bears take on offense, as well as what the Carolina Panthers decide to do on defense. It might not matter in the end, as these Bears are much better than the 0-4 Panthers at this point in the season.
The offensive line for the Chicago Bears was absolutely terrible against the New York Giants on Sunday night, giving up nine sacks in the first half that ended up knocking Cutler out of the game. The nine sacks in the first half alone was an NFL record, and it showed that the Bears offensive plan just simply isn’t working. To make matters worse, Collins was himself hurt in the fourth quarter when he suffered a stinger, but he appears ready to go again on Sunday.
This is probably news that was expected by many Chicago Bears fans, especially with everyone around the league trying to take it easier on players with concussions. Playing it safe in this instance is the best course of action for the Bears coaches, and though Cutler would probably take the field if it were up to him, it is better to protect him long term by sitting on the bench for at least one more game.
Right now the Chicago Bears are tied for first place in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers. Both teams sit at 3-1, but have to be worried about the third place Minnesota Vikings finally putting things together. It makes the Sunday game against Carolina extremely important for Chicago, but let’s face it, if Chicago blows this game, it would be a pretty big upset.