In what seemed like a brazen homage to the historically pedestrian offense of the franchise that calls Solider Field home, the Iowa passing game demonstrated Bears-like ineptitude, but managed to escape Chicago with an 18-17 win over Northern Illinois.
When you spend the better part of six months consuming information and making projections, it's natural to carry lofty expectations into the first week of the season. When your favorite team's performance on the field fails to meet those expectations, frustration sets in. When the game in question is a four-alarm dumpster fire, fans freak out.
But with ample time to self-medicate and chance to sleep on it, there are actually some positive takeaways from Saturday's close call.
Here are five reasons for Iowa fans to take a deep breath and step back from the ledge.