CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears will be a tough out this week, but that’s exactly what they’re going to get on the road.
They will be without the services of a top-ranked running back, a pair of top pass-catchers, two of their top receivers and a starting quarterback.
And even without the help of their quarterback, there’s no guarantee that their offense will be good enough to take the game.
The Bears, who will play without receiver Brandon Marshall and linebacker Danny Trevathan for the first time this season, have been on a tear, averaging over 300 yards per game in their past three games.
But they’ll be without a top pass rusher for the next six weeks, and without the best cornerback in the league.
The defense has been inconsistent for much of the season, ranking in the bottom five in total yards allowed (4.9) in its past three.
They have had some struggles at running back (eight rushing touchdowns), but the Bears have been better at protecting the passer (six interceptions), and their defense has held opponents to a league-low 10.9 points per game.
This week’s schedule isn’t too daunting.
The Cardinals, who host the Bears, are coming off a 34-7 win over the Eagles.
The Patriots, meanwhile, have lost their past four games by an average of 20 points.
The Rams have lost five straight at home.
The Steelers have lost three straight, and have a bye this week.
New England has won eight straight games against teams with winning records.
They’ve also won four straight against teams that are outside the top six.
The Giants are coming to town for a three-game stretch, and they are coming out of a bye week to try to stay competitive.
The Falcons are coming on the heels of a loss at the hands of the Cowboys.
The Vikings are coming into town after a 4-3 start and looking to build on their first-half comeback victory against the Packers.
The Redskins, meanwhile are coming in with a bye coming up.
The Saints are coming after a bye to try and keep pace with the Panthers.