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5 Things to Watch: Bears Pre-Season Opener

The Bears head into the season with many questions



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    The Bears start the pre-season in San Diego on Saturday

    When the Bears kick off pre-season football Saturday night in San Diego they mstarters may play as much as two quarters.

    That means fans will have a chance to get a good look at the new look Bears. Here's a few things to keep an eye on:

    Will the linebackers live up the the hype?
    Urlacher, Briggs, Roach, Hillenmeyer and Tinoisamoa are a formidable bunch. They have the talent. They have the experience. They have the haircuts. Now we will see if they be able to put it all together and disrupt a Chargers' offense that scored 454 points last season.

    How will the new offense gel together? Though the QB and many of the receivers are the same, new offensive coordinator Mike Martz has installed a completely new offensive scheme for Jay Cutler to lead. The reports from Bourbonnais say that the team loves it, but we'll truly see how it comes together on Saturday night.

    Which running back will make a name for himself?Matt Forte and Chester Taylor will be the Bears' No. 1 and 2 running backs. There is little question about this. However, the competition for the third spot is fierce, with Garrett Wolfe and Kahlil Bell as the front runners. Look for every running back who gets in the game to try to make an impact.

    Is Julius Peppers the savior on defense? The star acquisition has been turning heads in Bourbonnais, but on Saturday we will get a glimpse of how Peppers will fit in on the Bears defensive line.

    Could Garza/Louis change be the answer to Bears O-line problems? The offensive line has long been one of the Bears liabilities. They let Jay Cutler get sacked 35 times last season. This year, rookie Lance Louis is expected to start at right guard, with veteran Roberto Garza moved over to left guard. We'll see on Saturday what effect it will have.