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And So It Begins!
Posted By Smiley On Sep 8 2013 @ 5:21 am In Chicago Bears | No Comments
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears
12:00 ct at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
September 8, 2013
THE PREASEASON IS OVER!!!
Both the Bears and the Bengals posted a 3-1 record in the preseason. But preseason aside let’s talk about what we already know about this Bengals team. After only 2 years in the NFL Quarterback Andy Dalton and Wide Receiver A.J. Green have have developed amazing chemistry and are arguably the best QB-WR tandem in the AFC North. However, their offensive firepower doesn’t stop at Green. With a receiving tight end like Jermaine Gresham, a versatile Mohammed Sanu, and rookie pickups Tyler Eifert and Giovanni Bernard. Look for Jay Gruden to throw a lot of different plays at the Bears defense on Sunday.
Defensively, the Cincinnati’s front seven is one of the most underrated in the national football league. With the team totaling 50 sacks, the defensive line accounted for at least 40 of said sacks. Leading the way is All-Pro Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins who led the team with 12.5 and will give 2013 first round pick, Kyle Long, a good test. Not only will Long be tested but the entire revamped Bears offensive line will be tested and will have to keep in mind the havoc the Bengals could cause.
How the Bears Can Win
Besides being able to handle the Bengals defensive line, there are other key things the Bears must keep in mind to be successful in their first home game. The Bengals secondary is not one of the best secondaries in the league but dependent on if the defensive line can generate pressure do not doubt the Bengals ability to capitalize and force a turnover. If they can handle these things Jay Cutler will have plenty of time and to make the right decision. The Bengals might predict Cutler going to Brandon Marshall early and often, but if Jay can spread the ball around and keep the Bengals guessing, then the offense should thrive.
On the other side of the ball, the Bears will be starting D.J. Williams at MLB even thought he has yet to start a game in that position in 2013. Given this situation, expect him to be a little rusty in terms of play-calling and play recognition. If the Bengals realize this, they might attack the middle of the field frequently with double tight end sets which will collectively test the coverage of the linebackers. With A.J. Green being able to run routes to nearly perfection, Charles Tillman will have his hands full and have to have a performance similar to that he had against Calvin Johnson Jr. last season. The Bengals are no strangers to the deep ball and with Giovanni Bernard now carrying the workload safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte will have to be prepared at all times.
If the Bears can go into Sunday’s game with theses multiple key facts in mind they will most certainly prevail and Marc Trestman will join some pretty esteemed figures, such as George S. Halas as being one of the few to win there first Bears coaching debut.
Chicago Bears: 17 Cincinnati Bengals: 13
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