Atlanta Falcons: Who to fear vs Bears

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Leonard Floyd
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Leonard Floyd /
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The Atlanta Falcons are expected to handle the Chicago Bears in Week 1. Even so, there are some players they can’t overlook this weekend.

The 2017 NFL Season is about to kick off for the Atlanta Falcons and it couldn’t have come quick enough. Ever since the Super Bowl ended this team has been dealt one bad joke after another about them losing a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.

Along with those jabs has been the question about a “Super Bowl hangover.” In the past teams that have been defeated in the big game have struggled some, with the Falcon’s own rivals — the Carolina Panthers — falling prey to that in 2016.

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For the Falcons, Sunday’s game in Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears will be a great chance for them to springboard their season. The Bears weren’t very good at all in 2016, going 3-13. The Falcons should be able to win this one easily as the Bears arguable have gotten worse than they were a year ago.

Chicago released their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler. They also lost their best offensive weapon in Alshon Jeffery — and are without Cameron Meredith, who was supposed to take Jeffery’s place as their top wide out, after an ACL tear.

This by no means is to say the Falcons should look past this game. Here are some of the reasons why as Chicago still has some players to watch out for — and here are five such guys.