Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears Game Preview

And so it begins: the most anticipated season in the modern era of the Chicago Bears. Sunday begins a campaign many believe CAN end with a Super Bowl trophy being hoisted in the great city of New Orleans. But celebratory Pimm's Cups and muffuletta at the Napoleon House will have to wait until an entire NFL season and postseason are played. Can the Bears make a magical run? We shall see.

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears This Week?

  • I always like the Chicago Bears.
  • Mike Chappell of the Indy Star has documented the Colts' struggles at corner throughout the preseason. Until they made a seemingly ludicrous trade for Vontae Davis the Colts did not have a second professional corner on the roster. Now they've given up a second-round pick for Davis and Davis has the unenviable task of drawing former teammate Brandon Marshall at Soldier Field.
  • Robert Griffin did not have big numbers in the third preseason game against the Colts due to his own fault. There were wide open receivers deep all first half. I expect the Bears to take multiple shots on this secondary and put on a show for the home fans.
  • What should worry the Bears is the impact of the interior blitz from the Colts. As Freeney and Mathis struggle early to adapt to new positions in a new scheme, I expect Chuck Pagano's Baltimore roots to shine through as he attempts to overwhelm the interior of the Bears offensive line on obvious passing downs. And he may be successful if the Bears don't avoid obvious passing downs.
  • I don't expect Andrew Luck to test the back end of the Bears secondary. If he does it is because the Bears are mounting zero pass rush. I think Bruce Arians will settle Luck's debut by relying on a series of quick slants and screens and Arians will run, run, run until he can't run anymore. If the Bears can get a lead in this game they could force Luck & Co. into some big game-ending mistakes.
  • I think the Bears should dominate the Colts coverage units. Young teams without depth struggle to field solid special teams units.
  • I expect the Bears to get Cutler out of the pocket more than we've seen all preseason and it should open up pockets downfield. (It also should lead to many of us saying "Oh, that Kellen Davis" on Monday morning.)
  • I expect the Bears to play games with Luck all afternoon. I think we'll see linebackers and defensive backs hovering around the line of scrimmage and disguising blitzes on almost every play.
  • If the Bears sack Luck three times Sunday, they'll win handily.
  • I think the Colts will rely on a steady stream in the seam, attempting to test Urlacher's range in the middle of the field. I don't think it will be effective.
  • Don't underestimate the energy you'll feel in Soldier Field. Normally I think this is an overrated element but I'd imagine you'll be able to sense the expectation while you're in line for the $10 MGD.
  • Hunger. It may sound strange but I believe a lot of Bears will be hungry opening week. I believe Brian Urlacher is hungry to show the media they don't know shit about his injury. (His comment about David Haugh on Waddle & Silvy Tuesday was a thing of beauty.) I believe Mike Tice is hungry to show he knew what he was doing when he assembled this offensive line. I believe Matt Forte is hungry to show everyone he was worth the drama accompanying his contract extension. I believe Charles Tillman will be hungry to show the Giants preseason game was a meaningless preseason game and some moron Bears fans should shut their mouths. Cutler. Marshall. McClellin. I believe there is far more to prove on the home sideline Sunday than the visitor sideline - where they know the pressure won't start until year three of this new regime.

My score prediction. The only two times the Bears have made the Super Bowl they opened the season with a 38-28 win over Tampa Bay (1985) and a 26-0 victory over the Packers (2006). I'll split the difference.

Chicago Bears 32, Indianapolis Colts 14

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  • One week from tonight we will be 2-0 and in FIRST place.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Let's get to 1-0 before we start worrying about 2-0.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Bingo Al.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Kool Aid for everyone!

  • In reply to Viva:

    F&*%#@ affirmative ! And the Pack will be 0-2.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Yes, I see how you did that.

  • Nice analysis Jeff. Viva I hope you're correct!!!!!

  • Good one Jeff.

    BEAR DOWN!

  • Only 3,840 minutes until game time. Great post Jeff.

  • I cannot wait until we put this fuckin kid in his place! 1st pick meet Julius Peppers and welcome to the NFL. It's gonna hurt bad.

  • I really like this game to be a big test for Urlacher.

  • Bear. Down.

  • By the way, Urlacher shows up about 1:08 of that Waddle & Silvy show and talks about Haugh about 1:12 or so

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    In reply to SC Dave:

    What did he say?

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Something about some writer running his mouth but never showing up at camp or practices or anything like that.

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    In reply to SC Dave:

    Nice. David Haugh is a tool. Reporting from nowhere near where anything is happening, I'll question a guys integrity, and a whole organizations motivation, without talking to them.

    Can you imagine if a guy like David Haugh did a report on David Haugh? The potential for sarcasm and cheap shots is endless.

  • In reply to Big Mike:

    Perhaps you should have a shot at it :-)

  • Watching the Giants and Cowboys try to run the ball opening night made me realize how much things have changed in the NFL. You don't run the ball to get ahead, you run the ball to stay ahead.

    I agree with Jeff when he says the Colts are going to turn up the heat on Cutler. They're going to blitz early and blitz often. They're going to attack the weak spot of the Bears offense hoping to force mistakes that will lead to turnovers or 3-and-outs. This is where Cutler will need to step up and make the Colts pay for their aggressiveness.

    I know Lovie wants to run the ball getting off the bus. We all want the Bears to be able to run the ball dominantly. But banging your head against the proverbial wall for the sake running off the bus is just silly. This year, I have faith Cutler and Tice won't let the offense get stupid again. If Jay sees 8-9 guys in the box getting ready to unload, guess what? Cutler will use a wink and a nod (or whatever signal he uses with Brandon Marshall for a hot route) to punish the defense for their aggressiveness.

    This is the new NFL and it's time for the Bears to establish a new offensive identity. An identity built not with the T-Formation, but with the spread formation. An identity of toughness and explosive playmaking ability. It's finally time to maximize Cutler's abilities in the passing game to get ahead early and dominate by being able to run it late.

    Bears 31 Colts 13

  • In reply to Shady:

    "They that liveth by The Blitz, so shall they perish by The Blitz".

    - Saint Johnny of Unitas.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Last year was the first time Lovie wasn't saying "getting off the bus running" and we had 2000 yds rushing. Totally agree with your post.

  • That's why I want the Bears to establish the run early against the Colts, even if it means starting slow. The run game is going to take a some time to develop, and while we can't spot any team points, we can spot maybe a series or two in order to get it going so that by the time the Bears get to Lambeau, they'll be like a mighty freight train blasting through that historically inept pussy "defense" who thrive on interceptions.

    Then, when they least expect it, PA bombs to Marshall, Alshon and Hester.

    I want to see those Fudge cry at Lambeau like David Wilson. Then, I want all those "experts" on Monday begin to retract their "GB SuperBowl" predictions, esp those ass-hats on MNF.

    BEAR THE F DOWN!

  • Some more FF stat nuggets that provide some insight into actual games. Also keep in mind what I wrote earlier, that Freeney and Mathis are now playing LBs and have never been known for stuffing the run.

    "When pitting Bears personnel against the Colts' on an offense-versus-defense basis, the one major mismatch that stands out is Chicago's powerful, versatile run game, which should ram the ball down Indy's throat. The Colts lost NT Brandon McKinney (ACL), NT Josh Chapman (knee), and top ILB Pat Angerer (foot) for extended periods in the preseason, and all three were slated to be key cogs in new coach Chuck Pagano's run defense. Keep an eye on Michael Bush's usage while this game is still in doubt, but Matt Forte is an easy top-ten running back play in Week 1" - Evan Silva.

  • Hey Jeff, sent you a tweet about my koozie and such. Figure it'll take more time for it to get here since it's overseas, but it's nearly gameday! :-)

  • In reply to PhilinNYC:

    Your koozies - I sent you a couple - are the only ones I'm worried about. I'm hoping they get there in next 48 hours. If they don't, I'll send you a free t-shirt next week to make up for it.

  • One thing i'm looking forward to and hoping will happen is a quick start by Hester. When Hester "feels it" and doesn't press he is unstoppable. If Marshall, Jeffrey and Bennett get going early the Hester show will be inevitable and once he takes a slant or reverse to the house his confidence level and performance will be at optimum levels.

    If he feels it in the kicking game he'll break one on O. If he feels it on O he'll bring back a kick.

    In addition to all of the weapons we already talk about this will be one of the wildcard weapons that will change the course of at least 2 games this year.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Totally agree Heater is an inertia player, when he's got it going give him as many touches as you can. I was never really a fan of Devin as a #1 or #2 WR, but with the additions of Marshall and Jeffrey, I think this season is his best opportunity to showcase his abilities against opposing team's 3rd and 4th string DBs. Also remember now that Knox is out, Hester is now the Bears biggest (and possibly only) true pure speed option at WR. I would love to see him blow the top off of some defenses this season.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Heater = best auto-correct ever.

  • In reply to Shady:

    agreed, Heater is his new name.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I would not want to be the nickel back trying to cover Devin, especially with Jeffrey and Beast getting all the attention from the safeties.
    I don't expect huge numbers from him this year, but I do expect huge plays.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    nickleback sucks.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I'm inclined to agree, Johnny.

    It is interesting how little Jay refers to Devin now. Hopefully they're just playing possum, but it seems they are just that high on Alshon.

  • LDL's new mantra

    "We will be running out of the bus passing the ball"

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    hee hee

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    "We will be running out patterns off the bus"

  • Sunday can't come soon enough
    Let the defense welcome luck, as they pop him like a zit..
    this is our fucking year.......

    BEAR DOWN

    thanks for the welcome everyone
    just another freaking Bear Fan
    north of the 48

    DA BEARS 98 COLTS 3

  • In reply to CRAZZYBEAR:

    you crazzy....

  • Jeff, "I may be dead wrong but I think Hester's role on offense has been the most over-hyped story of the summer."

    This is how I can tell it's summer. 98 degrees outside? Check. Longer days? Check. Hester all-pro WR during camp? Check.

  • I actually believe it's been the opposite. Jeffrey has gotten the hype and Hester is the guy people are forgetting about.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think now after a few PS games it's like that. But during Camp all the beat writers were once again singing the Hester paeans and Marshall, with no hint of sarcasm, proclaimed that Hester was going to have a bigger year than him.

    But we all have eyes too, and we saw that Alshon has stick em mitts. I agree with MBP. Hester won't have huge stats, but he'll make huge plays.

    Alshon I suspect is going to take all those Davis red-zone TDs this year.

  • Who ends up with the better numbers at the end of the year?

  • In reply to Shady:

    wow, that's tough. Hester will get more reps maybe up until the bye, but even then they're gonna be splitting a lot since the Bears want to "rest" Hester for SP (I.E. nice way of benching him for Alshon).

    I think Hester will have more total yds, maybe around 600yds.
    Alshon might hover closer to 500 yds.

    However, I think Alshon has more receptions and TDs than Hester (not counting Hester's return TDs).

    I'd guesstimate that Alshon ends up with 45 + receptions and 6 TDs, while Hester is not too far behind, but still behind.

    Barring injury to either, naturally.

    It's weird, but I think Alshon already has Cutler's trust, and that's rare for a rookie WR. Trust is everything when it comes to WR production.

  • Butch check your numbers. If Alshon has 45+ receptions the 500 yds would be a 10 yd avg. I think Hester will be the starter in name only. I agree with both you and MBP. Hester's touches go down and the production goes up. Can't wait to get this party started!

  • In reply to Shady:

    no one has been more forgotten about than Earl Bennett....and teams will regret it. Mister "Move the Motherfucking Chains" Earl Bennett ladies and gentlemen.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Excellent point.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    "who?" That's what Ds are gonna be saying when Bennett moves the chains and gets clutch catches and TDs...

    Last year Ds figured out that Cutler threw almost exclusively to Bennett, and made an effort to shut that connection down. Now, with Marshall and Alshon on the perimeter, they don't have that luxury.

    Bennett's gonna be open all day.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    +100000000000000000000000000000000000000

    Fucking love earl.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDOal4joYyI

    (...and quite obviously so do chicks from the Jersey Showah)

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Your right, Waff. Love it. 80 is quiet off the field and loud on the tundra. Can't wait for another strong season from Jheri Pearl Earl.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    As I said before training camp, Earl Bennett is the best receiver on the Chicago Bears until someone else proves otherwise.

  • o.k.......not a big fan of the ass-goblins on the four letter network bu,t......the do know how to create some funny-ass commercials..newest..

    SLAYER!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k55Zn6iI8qk

  • Hey, also, if you're bored and want a good chuckle, follow this link and read the comments by bitter till the death Browns' fans.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/06/former-browns-and-ravens-owner-art-modell-dies-at-87/

    Best comment thus far, "If there’s truly any justice, he’ll have a 6ft screwer ran from anus through esophagus, roasting slowly over a nice bed of hot Bridgeford charcoal, while demons, dressed in full dog-pound attire, sing the Cleveland Browns fight song."

    No matter what else Art Modell did, he'll always be remembered for U-hauling the Browns off in the middle of the night. Some Browns fans have found closure, others...

  • 2 days Jebronies.

  • Waiting to see what kind of game plan Tice comes up with. Will it be scripted or fly by the seat of your pants loose. Lots of weapons.
    I hope Tice knows how to use them all. If the running games is working I hope they dont try to force things. Save Marshall for another day.

    Jeff, is it said, "Oh, THAAAT Kellen Davis." Or should I use my mohter's nervous voice, "Oh that Kellen Davis."

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    mother's

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    Davis is the one guy I'm not really high on. He seems to be the jack of all trades, master of none. He's 6'7 260, but can't really block. Because he's 6'7 260, he can't really get much separation or run the seam and move the safeties out. His effort/focus seems somewhat lackadaisical. His biggest asset last year was as a red-zone target, but Davis was the only receiver who could get jump balls. This year that's no longer the case.

    True, we don't really know what he can do since he was in Martz' system, but every time I watch him I leave unimpressed.

    I would seriously ponder bringing in Kellen Winslow) if Davis underwhelms in the first "quarter" (first four games).

    By then, maybe Winslow's knees will be rested and his attitude adjusted. A healthy, hungry, humbled Winslow would make our O that much more dangerous. But, I'll give Davis a few games to see what he has...

  • Don't sleep on KD, the dude may not have the best pass pro skills, but I guarentee he'll be trucking over fools this season.

  • In reply to Shady:

    Hope you're right. I'm not all that high on KD. I've always thought he was over hyped for both blocking and receiving. Hope I'm full of shit on this one.

  • In reply to Shady:

    what is it with you and TEs? Was your daddy a TE or something?

    smh.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Who is your daddy and what does he do? (In Arnold voice) Stop it! You know you're the girl of my dreams: http://youtu.be/32XQDj3-ri4

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Don't you shake your head at me dood, the Bears aren't keeping 4 TEs for nothing. Mismatchs galore. GALORE!

  • Agree on KD, Winslow not so much. Once your knees are shot, there's no going back. Even if KD sucks we've still got 3 other TE's.

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    I believe Tice when he talked about his "Duh Offense". If they are geared to stop the run, we're gonna pass. If they are geared to stop the pass, we're gonna run. Can't wait!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    By the end of the game Gumbel and Dumbdorf will be choking on Jay's schmangus talking about pass distribution and how Jay completed passes to 8-9 different guys.

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    Isn't Schmangus beef from Japan?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I'm also putting a fiver down that JoJo is Trac's other sock puppet.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Nope

  • In reply to JoJo Gabosh:

    By all means, introduce yourself.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    My intro might have got lost in the last thread. Been paying attention to the blog the last few years, thought I'd sign in to support Jeff. I'm a Bears fan born and raise in enemy territory. Dad couldn't stand Packer fans so he always cheered on the Bears to piss them off. I followed in his footsteps.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Why do you guys always rip on Blitzkrieg and now jojo about being Trac? I get that Blitzkrieg is phony and a total douche but what does that have to do with Trac. Jojo seems fine, where's the connection to Trac? I'm not saying you're wrong, I just don't get the connection.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Correction: JoJo is CanadaBear's sock puppet.

    (JK)

    Anytime I see a new account that just jumps in mid-thread with a retort that seems directed, I usually assume it's Trac. The dude has showed up here with so many accounts, we should call him Sybil.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    OK, I get it now. I'm a little slow on the up take. With or without a sock puppet. My Fave sock puppet was the dictator of the bannana republic in the original In-Laws movie. Very funny.

  • Interestingly, I have been assigned a business meeting in downtown Indianapolis on Monday. I have to get up at 5am and drive down there.

    I intend to wear my Bears tie to the meeting.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    excellent

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP...I know you don't offer another man your pants but...... brah I have 80's Zubaz Bears Pants I would be more than glad to lend you for the meeting.

    ..... or you can have your power point presentation open with "Fuck-Luck" BEAR DOWN!!!!!! front page...hee hee

  • In reply to lobotobear:

    Now I need to look if one can embed Bear down into Powerpoint. Thanks!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    How sweet would that be if you could get a pic of Luck getting hammered by the Bears. Great opener for the mtg!!!!!!

  • "we come off the bus hitting the slant pattern"

  • In reply to gpldan:

    "sometimes the bus door opens and we don't come off at all. We call that the draw."

  • In reply to gpldan:

    tee hee hee

  • " Off The Bus" Quotes

    All new classic's for LDL

  • I remember insane comments about Tannehill's wife not being hot or some shit.

    http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/2012/06/lauren-tannehill-maxim-photo.jpg

    If you are not attracted to her it is simply because you enjoy penis more, not because you are a bad person.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Her teeth are scary, but I'd never see them.

  • In reply to Waffle:

    I heard the same thing but never knew what she looked like. She's not my cup of tea (looks way too much like a beauty pageant contestent) but she certainly isn't a bowser. As my co-worker likes to say, "No alcohol required".

  • In reply to Waffle:

    hahahahahahaha! That was funny.

    I agree with GP, it's not that she isn't hot (because she certainly is), it's just that she looks a bit horsey to me. Kinda reminds me of peyton manning for some very unsettling reason. Uhhhhgggg... just gave myself the willies (no offense willie)

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    btw, here's something to measure her by: http://www.complex.com/sports/2012/09/the-hottest-wags-of-the-2012-nfl-season/

    ..aaaaand look who kicks it off boys!

  • In reply to Waffle:

    Would like a little more ass, but her face is pretty money.

  • Week 1 Picks:

    Phi @ Cle: Eagles have talent, Browns don't. Eagles.
    Stl @ Det: Bradford comes out blazing, to Amendola? Despite the Lions shit corners, the Lions win.
    NE @ Ten: The full fury of the Pats rookies and improved D unleashed on Jake. Pats.
    Atl @ KC: Week 1's toss up game? This should be close, but I think Ryan comes out improved from last year and hits Jones big. Falcons.
    Jac @ Min. Who fucking cares? Minn.
    Wash @ NO: The "Is there a bounty on RG3?" game. Answer: probably. Win? Brees and company spank the Tranny.
    Buf @ NYJ: Nobody loves that Harvard kid. Poor Fitz. I tell you what, give me Fitz over Dirty Sanchez and the Pope combined. I go Buff and Fred Jackson makes you flashback to O.J.
    Mia @ Hou: Ugh. Could be ugly. I predict a career ender for Bush.
    SF @ GB: Niners. Enough said, really. Get fucked frozen.
    Sea @ Arizona: Jesus, the Cards suck. Hawks.
    Car @ TB: People are high on the Panthers, but I go upset here with the home team.
    Pitt @ Den: Sunday night primetime for the Rapist. Fat ass rapist gets stomped at Invesco and we find out that Peyton is cast as the Bandit in a Smokey remake, with John Madden playing Sherriff Buford T. Justice.
    Cin @ Bal: I just hate the Bengals, and the Ravens have grit.
    SD @ Oakland: Raiders baby. Winning, baby.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Fucking epic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCieX-UgSPw

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    "there's no way... nooooo waaaay... you could come from my loins.

    The first thing I'm going to do when I get home... is punch yo mamma in the mouth."

  • Cue (THANKS SAC!) Nelson from the Simpsons:

    "Ha-Ha"

    I guess RG3 really WILL have a bounty on his head. Fuck you, Roger.

    http://deadspin.com/5941442/saints-players-bountygate-suspensions-overturned-on-appeal?popular=true

  • In reply to gpldan:

    this one's for you GP: http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/cts-v1000-coupe.html

    Damn.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Now we know what Peyton will drive off the truck in the first act.

    You know we gotta cast Randy Travis as the Snowman, right?

  • For those of you who don't already dislike Eagle Shill and NFC East apologist, Sal Palantonio, chew on this: He picks the Colts to beat the Bears Sunday and PUNCTUATED his prediction on The Herd this morning with this "I really hate Jay Cutler" quote which I cite, VERBATIM (Whadday know, Crown, MORE Latin!) ...

    "Cutler's gonna be in full POUT mode half-way thru the 2nd quarter..."

    On the same show, Lomas Brown ALSO picked the Colts to win.

    Sal Pal is banking on Mssrs. Freeney and Mathis spending the afternoon in the Bear backfield while Mr. Brown thinks Luck will carve up the Bear defense and doesn't think that Marshall and Cutty have their chemistry back, yet.

    I soooo hope the Bears serve them up a large order of CROW to ingest on Sunday evening.

  • Loved my Bears since 1974...ALWAYS hope for the best, but sadly have watched a lot of worse. I'm intrigued by this team, but MAJOR holes have me pessimistic. Both lines are suspect, and sorry...Tillman is a liability. They need a real cover corner...not just someone to strip the ball after the catch has been made. Urlacher will be fine...he's a stud. The D-line MUST apply pressure for this team to have a chance due to "Lovie's" defensive scheme (which sucks). We need a lot of luck given the deficiencies on this team...and those dificiencies start with the head coach. My Butkus jersey will be on my back every week...my Bears hat on top of the mantle...but reality tells me we're likely in for a frustrating season. Hey...we're taking baby steps; at least we got rid of Angelo...now get a real head coach that understands Bear football and tradition and we may be on to something.

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