The Chicago Bears have entered an unfamiliar position as they limp into Week 4 of the 2015 NFL season. Starting quarterback Jay Cutler is hobbled by a hamstring injury, star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery hasn’t been 100 percent since the preseason, and the team just traded away two key defensive players in Jared Allen and Jon Bostic.
With the Bears announcing a firesale and in serious danger of starting 0-4, the upstart Oakland Raiders suddenly look like a scary team. Of course, to truly look the part, the Raiders will still have to march into Soldier Field and steal a road win against a Bears team that won’t want to go down without a fight.
Despite Cutler likely sitting out again this week and Chicago being winless, Bears tickets hardly suffer at $280.68 on average for their Week 4 contest opposite Raider Nation. Fans can still hit the cheap seats for a reasonable $96, which might be worth it, considering Oakland is still a beatable opponent despite their surprising start, and the Bears desperately need this game in order to turn their season around. An 0-4 start would certainly doom the franchise, especially while residing in the competitive NFC North division.
While tickets may be a bit pricey, fans can save on Navy Pier parking through ParkWhiz.com, which has spots in the vicinity of Soldier Field starting from $20.
The 2015 season has been an ugly one for the Chicago Bears thus far, as they lost a relatively close home opener to the undefeated Green Bay Packers and everything seemed to fall apart from there. The only constant has been running back Matt Forte, who has done his best to give Chicago’s struggling offense a spark. It’s been tough sledding even for Forte lately, however, as Jimmy Clausen is now the main man under center and the rest of the passing game is banged up. With a bad defense that is now absent two of its better players, the Bears may have serious difficulties trying to take down the upstar Raiders, who are riding high right now after winning two of their first three ballgames.
The Bears may be trending downward as the campaign wears on, but as they say, winning can be a cure-all for anything. This Week 4 encounter presents the Bears with a fine opportunity at claiming their first win of the year, and thus, this might be the week where the season turns around.