With the useless preseason games finally in the books, it's time for the Chicago Bears to prepare for the regular-season opener against Indianapolis. Although Chicago saw some encouraging signs in the preseason—especially from rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery—there are also good reasons for concern at Halas Hall.
Here are the three biggest issues that Love Smith and his staff need to hope they've resolved as the NFL season gets underway:
1. Can the safeties be trusted?
For a team that must face Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in divisional games twice a year each, defending the deep ball is a huge priority. The Bears didn't exactly come through in that department last season, ranking 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed.