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First road game provides litmus test

Posted by Larry Mayer on September 19, 2013 – 5:16 pm

Playing on the road for the first time Sunday night in Pittsburgh will provide a litmus test for a Bears offense that has allowed only one sack and not committed a pre-snap penalty in two home games.

“We’ll find out more about ourselves,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’ve got to play in the noise. We’ve got to play in an environment that there’s going to be a great sense of urgency on both teams. It’ll be exciting. I think it will help measure us a little bit more.”

The Bears pumped noise into the Walter Payton Center during practice Wednesday and Thursday.

“We’ve done a good job at home with pre-snap penalties and now we’ve got to carry it out onto the road,” said offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer. “We’re practicing a lot with noise and trying to get used to that atmosphere, and we’ve been pretty good this week.

“The silent snap count has been worked on as well since Day 1 in the offseason and throughout training camp. It is a get-off factor and part of football is we know the snap count and they don’t, so the offense you hope can get off faster than the defense. You have to do a good job of understanding the mechanics and understanding the timing with your center, and that’s what we’ve been working on.”

It won’t be easy, but quarterback Jay Cutler is confident with how the Bears will respond to the exotic blitzes they’re expected to see from coordinator Dick LeBeau’s Steelers defense.

“They show a lot of different fronts, they show a lot of different blitzes and dogs,” Cutler said Thursday at Halas Hall. “We’ve got to be prepared for that, and ‘Krom’ and ‘Trest’ and those guys have done a great job of getting us ready for the different looks we’re going to see.

“We won’t be perfect out there. We’re going to see some stuff that maybe we mess up, but we just have to work through it, work through the crowd noise, and get to the second half in a good place for us to win the game.”

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