After last weeks loss to the rival Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Bears have been eliminated from playoff contention.  While knowing this Bears team is headed home for hibernation after their final regular season game next week, there are still some questions that need to be answered.  We should be able to get a few answers this week with the Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) set to take on the Chicago Bears (7-7) on Sunday Night Football, in what will be the regular season home finale at Soldier Field.

There are plenty of young guys to watch to see if they have the skill and mindset to remain on this Bears roster moving into the 2020 season and be contributors.  Jesper Horsted, J.P. Holtz, and Bradley Sowell, will get an opportunity to increase their sample size and game experience.  Who will step up and possibly establish himself as a possible option at TE for the Bears in 2020?  Ideally, you would like to see these guys make some improvement with the extended playing time.  Alex Bars may also get an opportunity at RT with Bobby Massie listed as out for this game.  How will Bars respond to this opportunity? We may get to see if he is up for the task of playing consistent in the NFL, as he was able to do in college at Notre Dame.  Kevin Pierre-Louis, will also see starters minutes and plenty of snaps on the defensive side of the ball as he continues to fill in for Roquan Smith at ILB, who is out with a pectoral injury, and of course Nick Kwiatkoski has been exceptional filling in for the injured Danny Trevathan at ILB.

After much criticism, scrutiny, and evaluation, it has come down to this.  Mitchell Trubisky has two more games to show and prove that he can be the Bears starter in 2020 and possibly moving forward.  There have been plenty of comparisons between Patrick Mahomes and Trubisky as  Mahomes was the quarterback taken after Trubisky in the 2017 NFL draft.  Many analysts and arm chair quarterbacks have said the Bears choosing Trubisky at #2 overall was a mistake.  However, this is the NFL and you always have an opportunity to update your resume.  What better opportunity to do that than Trubisky and the Bears taking on Mahomes and the Chiefs on the primetime stage of Sunday Night Football.

Trubisky has played well in recent games, he has thrown for more touchdowns (8) than Mahomes (5) in the last four games.  While his poor play ignited criticism from fans, local, and the national media, he kept working.  In the face of that adversity, over the past month and a half, he has put together six solid games that have showcased his ability and potential to be a good NFL quarterback.  Mere flashes of great play and awesome throws are not enough though.  Trubisky needs to build upon his recent play and continue to improve, which is why this game is so very important.  Allen Robinson has been a stud all year long, and Anthony Miller has stepped up and really shown his potential for big plays, big numbers, and exactly why the Bears were so high on him after drafting him.  Hopefully the relationship between Trubisky, Robinson, and Miller will continue to flourish culminating with some highlight plays against the Chiefs.

The Bears defense will have their hands full come Sunday night.  The Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut, and have weapons all over the field.  Plenty of speed and talent will be on display with Damian Williams, Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson and LeSean McCoy, but none as fast as the “Cheetah” himself, Tyreek Hill.  The Bears have faced Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay, and New Orleans this year, all ranking in the top 10 of passing offenses this year.  Chicago has played well against those teams, but none of them bring the kind of speed, Hill and company bring to the table.  Another factor in this game will be Travis Kelce who is arguably the best tight end in the NFL.  Kelce is coming off a tremendous game against the Denver Broncos in which he had 11 catches for 142 yards, solidifying himself in the NFL record books as the only tight end in history to record 4 straight 1,000 yard receiving seasons.  All of these weapons that Kansas City has make for an interesting test for Eddie Jackson, the secondary, and our young linebackers filling in for Trevathan and Smith.

Prediction: This is a proud Chicago team.  These guys want to be good, they want to perform well and win.  That being said, the defense will show up.  Despite the injuries and bad field position they have been put in all season, and lopsided time of possession, they are still a top 10 defense and give up the 3rd fewest points in the league.  The Bears will not completely shut Kansas City down, they have too many weapons, but they will keep this game close and the offense will have to win it.  Matt Nagy called one of his worst games last week in Green Bay.  He is going to have to remain patient and run the ball.  Give David Montgomery carries to get him into the flow of the game, establish a rhythm, keep Mahomes on the sideline.  If he can utilize Trubiskys strengths, let him be mobile and his legs the Bears have a legitimate chance to win.  Nagy also has to use an up tempo offense to keep Kansas City’s defense from substituting and reveal the Chiefs defensive tendencies.  Do these things and the Bears come away victorious.

Chicago Bears 24, Kansas City Chiefs 20