Atlanta Falcons: Who to fear vs Bears
2. Zach Miller, TE
On offense there will be a lot of questions for Chicago. There are holes all over, but one of the more secure spots is tight end where Zach Miller has developed into a steady player. In 2016 he had a career high 47 receptions for 486 yards and four touchdowns. Although they haven’t improved at quarterback with the addition of Mike Glennon, they may at least have some more consistency, which could help Miller play even better this season.
1. Jordan Howard, RB
The biggest weapon for the Chicago Bears heading into Week 1 is their running back Jordan Howard. The second-year back was number two in the NFL in rushing last season — which was pretty much the most unexpected turn of events all season.
The fifth-round pick from Indiana wasn’t even supposed to be the starter, but wound up finding himself in that role when the team turned to him in Week 4. In that game he rumbled for 111 yards on 23 carries. From there, he just kept churning the yards out.
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By season’s end Howard had 1,313 yards on 252 carries with six touchdowns. His per carry average was a respectable 5.2 yards and with some decent guards in front of him, there’s no reason to think he can’t be effective again this season. He is the best option Chicago has, and the Falcons need to do all they can to slow him down.