The Chicago Bears kick off the 2022 NFL season with an intriguing matchup: a home game against the San Francisco 49ers. This game has all the makings of the perfect litmus test for the new-look Bears. The 49ers are a very good team, but not a world-beater like the Buffalo Bills or the defending champions Los Angeles Rams. It’s at home, which means San Francisco has to make a 2,500 mile flight to get to the game. And the 49ers quarterback situation is even hazier than Chicago’s.
A win against San Francisco at home is within reach for the Bears, and if they pull it off, they will provide proof that this team is not the same one the league watched last year. The doubters in mainstream sports media will be left making lame excuses for the 49ers or will be forced to admit that the Bears might be okay.
But first they need to get that win, and there are 3 keys to doing that.