If I had a choice, I would rather open the 2012 NFL season somewhere other than Chicago. Like Miami, no offense (get it? whatever.) to Miami. That being said, I’m just a fan, I don’t make the schedule, I just live with it.
The Colts inability to stop the run, for what seems like forever, has not (in my humble opinion) changed, even with their new 3-4 defense. The Bears can run the ball, period. If this trend continues on Sunday afternoon we’re not going to see too much of Andrew Luck. Also, everyone knows that if you can run the ball effectively it opens up play action all day long. Jay Cutler may not be a top 5 quarterback, but if you give pretty much any NFL quarterback time, he will pick you apart. So if the Colts can’t stop Matt Forte and Michael Bush then look for a lopsided score in favor of Chicago.
However, if the Indianapolis D-line can make a few stops then this game could be a good one. I know that seems obvious, but it’s just a plain fact, we have no idea how this defense will perform, especially early in the season. They have to give Luck a chance, any chance. They have to get off the field. Being one of, if not the worst third down defenses in the league last year, they can only get better. As a fan, it’s very frustrating.
For the Bears defensively, they can definitely bring it. The Colts O-line better be completely focused, because they will need to keep as much pressure off of our rookie qb as possible, on the road, at Soldier Field. They also have to open up running lanes for Donald Brown and the rest of the rbs. Against one of last years best run defenses, this will be a huge undertaking. This is another area of major concern for Indianapolis. If the preseason is any indication of what to expect from the O-line then Sunday could be a long day for Mr. Luck. (Insert “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” reference.)
As a fan of the once proud and successful Indianapolis Colts, I can only hope that both the O-line and D-line play respectively. I can only hope that what we saw in the preseason was all vanilla, that come Sunday, the Colts will prove everyone wrong and play straight up with the Bears. However, until they do, Bears 31-14.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.