The Bears are 15-35 from the beginning of 2015 and have not exceeded $ 500 in four years. So this team is not able to feel overly confident about any game – even if it is against a team that played a horrible kick in the first two weeks of the season.
After all, the Bears were in a similar position a year ago to the one faced by the Arizona Cardinals this week: a 0-2 team, recovering from a brutal loss with their veteran quarterback in trouble, is a 6 1/2 home defeat points in week 3.
The Bears, in the face of such circumstances, beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-17 in overtime a year ago. That Steelers team went on to win AFC North and play the playoffs.
The fact is: "Every Sunday, I'm sure you've heard a million times – every Sunday someone else could win," said defender Akiem Hicks. "That's why they're dangerous."
The cardinals have almost no talent. Chandler Jones drove the NFL in bags last year with 17, while colleague Rusher Markus Golden (12 1/2 bags in 2016) could return on Sunday. Running back David Johnson was one of the NFL's best offensive players in 2016, although this year struggled to start Arizona's first two games. And even the big receiver Larry Fitzgerald seems ready to make his seasonal debut against the Bears.
The potential / expected returns of Golden and Fitzgerald could provide some answers for a teaching that desperately needs it.
"When you see a team whoever is in any sport, they are struggling, generally those are the teams you obviously have to be very careful with because they are looking for answers," Nagy said. "In this league, the teams are too good, the coaches are too good to understand what the answers are."
From the numbers, however, the Cardinals through two games resemble a team that will fight against Buffalo Bills for the first overall choice in the 2019 Draft NFL:
Score offense: 3 points per game (32 °)
First scents: 19 (32nd)
Third down conversion rate: 20 percent (32nd)
Building site / play: 3.7 (31 °)
Total penalties: 18 (30)
Defense score: 29 points per game (25th)
Exceeded the defender: 4 (31st)
Sacks: 5 (15th)
Building site / play permit: 6.1 (28 °)
Differential point / clearance: -26 (31 °)
So, on the surface, this trip to Glendale should be a good opportunity for Mitch Trubisky and the Bears' offense to move the ball effectively, while Vic Fangio's defense should be ready to repress a bad four-quarter attack.
But as shown by the Bears-Steelers game last year: the mismatch of the posters does not always cause problems on Sunday. Nagy, however, was pleased with his team's effort this week after two consecutive games against high-profile opponents.
"The nice thing with our kids, I think from what I've been able to say all this week of practice, was the same energy for the whole week they had done the previous two weeks," Nagy said. "So we have to translate it onto the playing field, it's too early at the start of the season to worry about someone's record and how they're playing, we can not do it and if we do it we're in trouble. our team and their focus ".