The Chicago Bears open up their Pre-Season schedule with a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night.
Despite this being the first game of the Pre-Season for the Bears, there is no shortage of things to watch for from the Bears on Friday night.
Needless to say if there is one key thing to look for on Friday night, look at how the Bears’ starting defensive line fares against the Eagles’ offensive line.
The Bears are confident that their defensive line will be one of their strengths in 2014. The additions of Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston, and Willie Young figure to bolster the Bears’ defensive line this season. Allen and Houston will be the starting defensive ends for the Bears while Young figures to be used on both the exterior and interior of the defensive line. The Bears are also expecting a lot from Jeremiah Ratliff, who is entering his first full season with the team.
The Bears’ starting defensive line will be put to a test in their limited playing time on Friday. The Eagles’ offensive line ranks as one of the top units in football.
Pro Football Focus had the Eagles’ offensive line rated as the top offensive line in the NFL during the 2013 season. The Eagles were particularly strong in run blocking, first in the NFL, and that will be where the test lies for the Bears.
The Bears defense allowed 161.4 rushing yards per game last season and that was the highest total in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Eagles’ offense had the top rushing offense in the NFL last season by averaging 160.4 rushing yards per game.
Friday night will be the first indicator of how improved the Bears’ defense is against the run.
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