The Bears began last season against an AFC team – Cincinnati Bengals – with a very, very good record against the pass and less distinguished against the run.
Whether he starts, finishes or anything in between, Chris Conte finished the week on an uptick, going through a full practice on Friday and being labeled as probable for Sunday’s game against the
Jay Cutler has been nothing throughout his NFL career if not a fast starter.
The last time a Soldier Field crowd saw Chris Conte, the Bears safety was being left behind on a coverage mistake against the Green Bay Packers and wide receiver Randall Cobb.
A certain awkwardness will probably linger over Lance Briggs in the matter of him asking for and receiving a personal day away from a game-week practice.