Chicago Bears regular season preview: Part 1
In part one of this two-part series, we look at the first eight games of the Chicago Bears regular season, briefly dissecting the opposition’s off-season happenings and 2013 outlook, offering up a handful of series nuggets, and predicting the outcome of each game. In
part-two of course, we’ll take the same in-depth look at the final eight games of the regular season.
<strong>Week-1: Bengals at Bears</strong> <br> </br> Predicted record: 0-0 <br> </br> Opposition intel: The Bengals finished 10-6 last season, second in the AFC North. They made the playoffs as a Wildcard, losing to the Houston Texans. Cincinnati had little trouble scoring points in 2012, and QB Andy Dalton had a very strong year, throwing for 3,669 yards, 27 TDs and 16 INTs. On the defensive side, the Bengals’ secondary struggled a bit, but the team boasts a strong rushing attack that will be a true opening test for a rebuilt Bears’ offensive line. <br> </br> Series nuggets: The Bears and Bengals have met just nine times, with Cincinnati holding a solid 6-3 lead. Five of the nine games have been played in Soldier Field, and that’s where the Bengals have played their best with a 4-1 lead on the road versus the Bears. <br> </br> Game prediction: The Bears have traditionally opened well at home, but with a new regime in town I think all bets are off. These are two pretty evenly-matched teams on paper, but I’m still willing to give the Bears the edge at home on opening day. Bears 31, Bengals 20.