- Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Why watch: Don’t look now, but the Bears defense played OK last week in Indianapolis. That is a noteworthy development. Chicago’s defense was historically bad in 2013-14, but the group showed signs of life at Lucas Oil Stadium. Can the defense take another step against the Bengals?
“Coach John Fox always preaches about starting fast and stopping the run, and this is going to be a good test for us because the Bengals run the ball and have the identity as being a power team,” Bears defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins said.
There is also the matter of Jay Cutler playing without his top four wide receivers because of injuries. The Bears will need to be creative to move the football on offense.
Did you know: Bears fans still have nightmares about the team's last trip to Cincinnati. In October 2009, the Bengals destroyed the Bears 45-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. The game was over by the second quarter. And to add insult to injury, former Bears first-round bust Cedric Benson rushed for 189 yards and one touchdown.