The Bears have been long considered one of the NFL's premier defensive stops. Other than Brian Urlacher's retirement, not much has changed. Now lead by electric defensive end Julius Peppers, the defense remains just as intimidating as expected.
This Bears defense will put the Charger's line into perspective. Keep an eye on rookie right tackle D.J. Fluker and Jeromey Clary to see if they continue to acclimate to their positions. As Jerome Watson of sbnation.com said, both of these players showed poise in week 1 against the Seahawks.
However, 1 week is not enough. Fluker and Clary—as well as King Dunlap, the left tackle—wiIl need to continue improving and repeat their notable performances. In order for the Chargers to have any inkling of a successful season, these guys will need to earn the trust of Rivers and coach McCoy.
The severity of the Chargers offensive line problems increased this past week with the injuries of Denario Alexander and Malcolm Floyd. With Dax out for the season and Malcolm Floyd questionable for week 1, the offensive line will be counted on even more. They will need to allow time for plays to develop and let the less young wideouts get open and succeed.
It's long been said that the preseason means nothing. But, for San Diego's offensive line it will be a precursor. As everyone has said since last season's end, the key for the chargers depends on the "return of Rivers" to the quarterback elite. And those hopes rest on the shoulders of San Diego's offensive line.