On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will kick off their season by hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Expectations are high for this team and after last year’s dismal ending everyone is ready for business to get back to usual and then some.
There’s new faces for the Bears including players, a GM and coaching changes. Questions will linger during the season on linebacker Brian Urlacher’s knee and if the Bears don’t succeed, will it be time to say goodbye to Lovie Smith?
Let’s take a look at the first game.
Andrew Luck’s NFL debut
Change has come for the Colts and it’s new era with quarterback Andrew Luck. I can’t think of a worse team for a rookie to face for his first game than the Bears.
Welcome to the NFL Andrew. Have you met Julius Peppers, Urlacher or Israel Idonije? Maybe you know Charles Tillman or Lance Briggs?
Yes, these guys are getting old but between their size, experience and drive, it’s like rattling a hornet’s nest on the field.
Rookie quarterbacks beware. These guys are tough to beat.
Cutler and Marshall Reunion
Bears fans are excited about the reunion of quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. It’s been a lovefest between these two in the offseason and now it’s time to see if they can bring their old Denver Broncos magic to the Windy City.
They didn’t impress me too much in the preseason but hey, it was early and everyone is still trying to get up to speed.
Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey has caught Cutler’s eye and I’m curious to see if he’ll have a good season. I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of Cutler and if Jeffrey can show up every week, Cutler will have a nice playmate on the field.
Which he needs.
With Mike Tice as the team’s offensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see the chemistry with Cutler. Will Tice utilize tight ends? How much latitude will Cutler have as the field general?
Matt Forte – Michael Bush Duo
When he signed with the team this spring, running back Michael Bush most likely thought he’d have a greater role with the Bears thanks to the uncertainly surrounding Forte’s contract. But his contract is signed; Forte is back and now Bush will have to find his place.
Forte will take lead role as running back but I think Bush will be a great complement. For a team that places high expectations on its passing quarterback, at the end of the day there’s still a lot of focus on its running game.
What’s Up with Devin Hester?
Aside from watching this talented player, there’s always the question of what to do with Devin Hester. Sure the guy can run fast, very fast, but factor in a play or a scheme and well, I wonder how much time the player spends reviewing the playbook. Earlier in the offseason the team said they’d have some special plays for Hester this season.
I am curious to see his role considering he hasn’t been in the conversation with the team’s other wide receivers recently.
Prediction for Sunday? Bears take a 24-14 win.
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Written by Debbie Baratz