Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears Game Preview

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears Game Preview

It is the first of sixteen guaranteed game previews that will occupy this space and I've never been so happy to write anything. So...

Why Do I Like the Chicago Bears this Week?



  • If you're Marvin Lewis and Mike Zimmer, what offensive film are you studying this week? Do you break down the tape of the Trestman/Gannon Raiders? Do you look at the CFL film to see what attack Trestman had Anthony Calvillo execute? Do you put any serious consideration into the plays run this preseason? This will be the most general defensive approach the Bengals take all season long because there's no way to know what they're going to see.
  • After Kelly and Haynesworth signed deals to make them zillionaire defensive tackles, their quality of play slipped. Is the reason motivation? Will Geno Atkins continue the trend?
  • Where is the player on the Bengals defense who can contain Matt Forte in the screen game? I can't find him on the roster.
  • I like the way James Harrison plays football. I think the NFL needs people like Harrison around. But his position change can not be understated. It is a difficult transition and I would expect a three or four-week period is necessary for him to feel comfortable.
  • Either you believe in Kyle Long and Jordan Mills or you don't. I do. And the two rookies on the right side know they (1) have something to prove in real non-preseason action and (2) can prove it against top shelf competition on opening day in front of the home fans. I expect an intense, angry performance from both.
  • Bears are better at QB, RB, overall depth of WR, LB, secondary and specials. In that scenario they should not lose at home.


  • Bears concern #1: the 2012 Cincinnati Bengal were a wonderful road team, finishing the regular season at 6-2. Even though there road schedule was almost painfully easy they did win at Washington to open the season and at Pittsburgh in December. They won't be intimidated by their surroundings.
  • Bears concern #2: the middle of the defense. I'd expect Jay Gruden to test the new Bears linebackers - Bostic, Williams, Anderson - in coverage and unleash both Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert. Even when Urlacher was at full strength the Bears were susceptible to tight ends up the seam. It won't get better Sunday.
  • Bears concern #3: Giovani Bernard screens. I expect the Bears pass rush to explode onto Soldier Field Sunday but Bernard has that Sproles-like explosiveness capable of turning a bail out screen into a fifty-yard touchdown. Again, the pressure slides to the rebuilt linebacking corps.


Peanut Tillman vs. A.J. Greene

  • With Hawkins injured the Bengals passing game will be significantly reliant upon their all-worLd WR Greene to dominate on the outside. Lovie Smith (for the most part) lined up Tillman on one side of the field and Jennings/other corner on the other and left them there. Will Mel Tucker follow suit or will he stick his best on their best and let the best man win?


From Andrew Hawkins:

"I probably wouldn’t be in the NFL had I not had the opportunity to play for him," Hawkins said via the Chicago Sun-Times. "He taught me how to be a professional — about my work, my attitude. I’ve said it numerous times: I thank God for the opportunity to play under him, because I don’t think I’d be where I am today without him."

Hawkins played two seasons for the Montreal Alouettes (2009-10) under Trestman, posting 41 receptions, 457 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Their relationship is further documented in Mark Potash's posting, which also reflects the receivers' perspective on his current head coach Marvin Lewis in comparison to his former mentor.

‘‘I have a great coach in Marvin Lewis — he lights a fire under you. He wants to motivate you verbally and get you to go out there and get things done. That’s a great way to do it. With Marc, what’s so unique about him is you’re not used to seeing that style in a football setting. He doesn’t raise his voice very much. He tells you exactly what he wants in the same tone. He’ll tell you you’re wrong in the same tone he tells you ‘Great job.’ It’s unique. I think it works. You buy into it. I think you don’t have a choice but to buy into it because it’s proven.’’


  • Devin Hester. Some people out there - fans, bloggers, media types - believed Hester was on the roster bubble for 2013. I never believed he was and people I spoke with told me, without pause, "Hester is viewed as a weapon by the organization". Hester's touches Sunday will be the most interesting of the afternoon. Is it still there? Is the ability to electrify a city with the mere act of catching a punt still there? Imagine if Hester takes one to the house Sunday. The shock waves it would send through the league...



  • Neither team rushes for 100 yards.


  • Both the Bengals and Bears defenses will control this game but the Bears are at home and will win the field position battle due to a resurgent performance from Hester.


Chicago Bears 20, Cincinnati Bengals 13


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  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Abhy, I forgot to ask you...

    Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Now that's funny right there GP.

  • Nice breakdown Jeff. I am impressed with the Bengals playaction game and that's how they get Green open downfield all the time. The key to stopping that is pressure. If Dalton looks up from his playfake and Melton is bearing down on him he will make bad decisions just like last year.

    Can't wait for this. Can't wait for intelligent playcalling to minimize sacks and pressure from their front 7.

  • Jefe, I nearly choked on my Cornish pastie toasted sandwich with mustard when I read the Hester prediction.

    Dave .... don't.

  • Since you've taken a bit of a beating about your Manning stance, I have to agree with you that his playoff record isn't great. His regular season record is off the chart. Either way he's a first ballot HOF'er.

  • I don't think we're going to get held to that few points. The Bengals, other than Harrison and Atkins, don't really have many defensive stand outs. They don't seem impossible to gameplan against either.

    I'm thinking a shootout or we crush them to dust.

  • In reply to Scharfinator:

    I prefer the latter.

  • I wonder where Corey Graham wants his ashes scattered after being toasted all last night?

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    He took a beating last night, that's for sure!

    The Ravens pass rush was non-existent last night. Manning will kill ya if you don't pressure him.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Manning makes subtle moves in the pocket that buy him a little extra time. His pocket sense is as good as I've seen, and while he whines when getting hit, he will take a shot when he needs to...

    1:45ish here...

    (btw, that was as clean as a hit as a DL can make, and I was *really* glad there was no flag)

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    No doubt Manning has an uncanny knack for feeling the pressure. Cutler isn't great at it but with Webb, Carimi, Omiyale, Rachal, et al., throwing lookout blocks, it's pretty hard to keep that clock running smoothly. I loved the part of the video where that dumbass CB that dropped the ball early on the certain TD, started jawing with Jack Del Rio. Son, that's the second dumbest thing you did in about 2 minutes time. I thought Del Rio was gonna take his head off!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    That was a LB.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Yeah, I saw that after I posted. I would have edited it later but nooooooooooooooooooooo ...

  • I'm in the fantasy league for the first time but let me tell you why fantasy is a fucking joke.

    Joe Flacco had the 2nd highest number of points in our league last night. JOE FLACCO. Mr. pick six, Mr. 65qb rating, Mr. 52% completion %, Mr. 2 INT's and COUNTLESS off target throws killing drives. Only had that other TD when Welker fumbled on the 3yd line.

    That is not right. Fucking brutal.

  • I gave up early but Flacco got away with 2 throws that should have been INT's. One should have been a pick 6 out in the flat when the guy was double covered. The other was in the end zone when the guy was again double covered. Flacco was really lucky on both of them. Apparently he wasn't worth his $1.25 mil last night.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    you know... I have to say... flacco's TEs were both as much dogshit as kellen davis was for us last year. Dickensen (sp?) dropped at LEAST 4 balls... two of which were big 1st downs. Same with torrey smith. Dallas clark dropped another 3 2 of which were big balls.

    Then harbaugh fucks the game completely and doesn't challenge that play. That was 100% the turning point. They threw that game away in the 2nd with turrible receiving and an inexcusable coaching mistake.

    Remember they led by 3 (should have been 7) going into halftime.

  • Number one, there was only one game last night so its not loke there is a whole lot there for comparison purposes. Number two, our league is not exactly standard Waffle, there are some crazy scoring rules. Flacco had over 60 pass attempts last night, and in a league that rewards chucking the ball around that's pretty damn good. Don't use FF results, especially in our league, as a barometer of how important a player is to a team.

  • In reply to Shady:

    no, I totally get it, that's just why I don't like fantasy though. I like team results but i'll take my Manning performance and I will run with it.
    Anyone need Brian Hartline?

  • Shady, are fear boners scored?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I drafted the Texans D and the Steelers D, which one should I go with? I can't believe I didn't have enough money left to get the Bears D or even Terence Toliver.

  • I believe in Shady's rules, you are allowed to play your Magic the Gathering card, Cuckolded by Peppers, which doubles your defensive score one per season. May want to play that.

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Pitt. Tennessee's offense will probably continue to be anemic for a long, long time. CJ is getting old.

  • Just wait till Brees, Rodgers and Brady go to work, then you'll see FF is relatively accurate.

    Manning scored 114 points all by himself. That makes Flacco look like chump change.

    Besides, in our league the QBs are going to score a lot more than the HBS/WRS (which is why I spent the mula on Brees and Luck).

    Wait a week and compare QBs to QBs, HBs/HB, WR/WRs.

    The ballers will rise in FF with some crazy out of nowhere performances like TE Julian Thomas. That's why it's so fun. Some no name TE which I got for $1 will probably out perform $29 Graham.

    Geno Smith might get a bunch of garbage time stats and out score better QBs. That's the way it goes in FF.

  • do you get more points if a scrub guy for 1.00 racks up points vs a top guy?

  • No extra points for being a scrub in reality or fantasy.

    BTW, maybe like 1% started TE Julian Thomas last night. Guess who was the crazy fucker who started him in the standard league?


    I guess tin-foils hat are conducive to FF decisions.

    Muah, Irish!


    (anyone want Graham?)

  • Great point about Geno Atkins' contract. Hopefully he loses motivation, but somehow I think he'll be fine unfortunately.

  • Will have to record came and watch late Sunday Night. I have the patience of diarrhea. FUCK.

    Bears 27
    Bengals 20

  • In reply to Viva:

    I just faked an illness and made up a fake school function for my daughter to get out of an extended family sunday event.

    My daughter is 3 and i'm using her to fuel my Bears addiction. Shameful.

  • That is fucking fantastic, but the Colonel I work for knows me.

  • The first step to recovery is knowing you have a problem. I work rotating 12.5 hour shifts. Days, nights, weekends, holidays, etc. I haven't gone to a function that I didn't want to in the last 40 years. Best excuse, ever!

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    canada... fuck that shit. you're a tough sob maings.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Not really. Just greedy and insecure. It pays great and I loved shift work when I was young. Now, not so much. Tired all the time. Oh well. I'm retiring next year so there won't be a pity party here.


  • funny.

    ...oh, and your new gravatar is terrifying.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's the look Emery gave when Lovie & Webb pleaded for their jobs.

  • I think Forte will break the 100 yards rushing barrier as well.

  • In reply to Viva:

    He will. When the Bengals are in Nickel and Marshall, Jeffrey and Unicorn are manhandling little DB's on the edge, Forte will run wild.

  • The one thing about this season I can't wait to see play out is Trestman's play calling/game planning ability. I want to see Trestman schooling his opponents all day long (mind fucking McCarthy twice this year will be icing on the cake.)

  • In reply to Viva:

    Less than 49 hours until GAME TIME!!!

  • In reply to Viva:

    Agreed Viva, calling plays for a strategic purpose. A revolutionary Bears offensive concept.

  • In reply to Viva:

    Fuck an A! Hopefully we pull it off. We beat the Fudgies early in McCarthy's tenure so it's not like he's unbeatable. Once Rodgers got his mojo working we've taken the pipe. I do expect them to miss Woodson. His speed is questionable but his football intelligence and heart are not. Same with #54 and the Bears. The difference is Woodson was still effective last year even though he was on the downside. #54 was only effective in spurts last year. They're going to miss Jennings too. They have great receivers but you don't lose a guy like Jennings and not take a step back.

  • I think every post from here until kickoff should include at least one F Bomb.


  • In reply to Viva:

    Fuck yeah!

  • Fuck you, you fucking fucks! FUCK YEAH, I'm in!

  • So Earl and Peppers both restructured to give the Bears another 3 Mil under the cap. I wonder if they have any immediate plans, or if they're just giving themselves wiggle room for future contingency plans.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I think it's the latter. I remember reading some arcane article sometime ago that teams like having about $3-5M in extra cap just in case.

    $1M and lower forces a club to promote from PS squad, which might not be bad (Joe Anderson last year), but it's all about options.

    Who knows, if we stay relatively healthy and still got that cash week 16, it might go into one "restructure" (or can the Bears roll that money over to Next year?)

  • In reply to Shady:

    lol, Peppers restructured, Bennett took a pay cut.

  • Earl had to write off $1M for this year, but apparently can earn it back based on number of receptions.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    yeah, I don't know if that is going to work out for him. I think Cutler will be busy throwing to the 3 fucking enormous guys on the field that no one can cover.

    Sorry Earl, now you are making #3 money instead of #2 money.

    I still love him though and he will come through in the clutch.

  • Honestly, I think you're right. Sentimentally, I hope Earl gets enough opportunities to make his numbers. Probably much like most of the gang here feels.

    I'm not yet sold one M Bennett yet. He just got the big payday, so we'll have to see whether he's still hungry enough to be somebody.

  • The Bengals are a good team. Excuse me, sorry, a FUCKING good team.

    This is a team picked as a playoff finalist in the AFC, and some have them going to the dance.

    Andy Dalton is the AFC's Jay Cutler. This is his do-or-die year, to show he can put up a big season else they may look elsewhere. Like Jay, his arsenal of weapons has been upgraded.

    The Bengals may have the best four stating DLs in the AFC. It will be a big test to run or pass on them.

    It's strange to call Game 1 the season barometer game, but I don't know what else you can call it. Both teams have everything to prove, every reason to come out of the gate starting well. If we lose badly, I think we all need to re-evaluate expectations for not just this year, but the next two years.

    Having said that, I don't think we lose. This is going to be NFL Game of the Week, and I have

    Bears 27
    Bengals 24

    With Robbie taking it for us.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Gotta agree. We definitely have the advantage at home with Gould. He rarely gets out kicked at home. I hope we get their D on their heels a couple of times and we score enough to pull it out.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Don't worry, I have Gould on my fantasy team. He will do well.

    (yeah, i'm that fantasy douche now)

  • Yo, Waffle, I sent you a trade proposal to give you better options at WR. Check your team/email.

  • whoa man, I will certainly not send you pictures of my flaccid penis just to get Darius Heyward Bey and Terence Toliver.

  • Just do it. Taco would!

    Hey, I traded Gronk to Irish 2 seasons ago, and he rode his ass into the playoffs!

  • he rode his ass into the

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Riding tight ends is not sexual at all!

    Ooh, my.

  • Don't. Trust. Him.


    (Seriously, don't trust him, though...)

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    On their *fucking* heels, you mean.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Oops, sorry, fuck!

  • Just glad to have FB back, today and tomorrow will be the longest days in recent memory.

    Finally the offseason hath ended.

  • In reply to ben in norcal:

    I am going to drink whiskey until I die from 630pm tonight until 1159am Sunday. Then we will achieve glory.

  • Fuckin A, brother.

  • Whatever happens on Sunday, good or bad, lets agree not to put too much stock into what the outcome is. The team we see in November and December will most likely look much different than it will this weekend.

    Also, whatever you've seen in the preseason, good or bad, forget about it. It's a whole new ball game now. Don't be surprised if some of the rooks look like rookies on Sunday. Adjusting to regular season will take time. Overcoming adversity will take time. Prepare yourselves for growing pains while Trestman and his team find an identity this season.

  • In reply to Shady:

    If we win 31-0, people will start planning Bears Super Bowl Parties.

    If we get beat 31-0, the papers will speculate if Marc Trestman was the worst sports decision in Chicago history.

    You know it. I know it.

    I doubt either extreme happens, I expect a tight game. But let's be realistic. this is Chicago.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I know. Just figured it was worth a shot.

  • In reply to Shady:


  • This was worth the f'ing time, I thought.


    No reason. Just felt like some Sanchez Schadenfreude.

  • And the Trib staff predicts...

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    A near 9-7 sweep.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    GP..nice vid...hahahahahahahahaha

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    A gallery of f*ckin wankers there.

  • Team Captains: Cutler, Garza, Briggs, Peppers, Mannelly.


  • In reply to gpldan:

    lol That looks looks like Cutler's gay cousin who never quite came out of the closet NTTAWWT

  • Reggie Cutler.

  • In reply to gpldan:



  • And the FF traitor award goes to Shady for drafting Rodgers.

    Drafting Rodgers in FF is like banging your hot cousin. Might feel great, but still WRONG!!!

  • I feel the shame of a thousand drunken sailors; It is time to commit seppuku.

  • In reply to Shady:

    dude, you dont' have to drink cum from a glass. Just trade him for Tannehill or something.

  • I'm sure he wants to win though, hence the conundrum.

    Poor NBIT. He got stuck with both Ponder and Pryor.

    When will the Jews stop getting punished for practicing their faith!?

    He's got a deep bench though.

  • benching... get it!?!?

    Set my people freeeeee....

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    SMH - It's let my people go. Let my people go.

  • In reply to Shady:

    I know. I even looked it up, but the vids were fucking depressing (see below). Decided to go with my version cause it sounded better typed. meh, whatevs

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    (creative license biatch!)

    ((in chapelle voice)

  • Yeah, Posse got proper fucked too. Weeden and Locker. Ouch babe.

  • I've officially been banned from texting The Score.....

    I went down swinging.

  • Hahahahahaha

    God damn it Kyle! (:30)

  • Congratulations. Fuckin douches
    piled high as you can stack'em over there. 'Cept Matt Bowen. He's pretty good.

  • I want you all to know that when we put up 30+, I will be running my mouth like a fucking Lions fan. I will certainly abuse many beat writers using the written word and my phone calls. Rosenbloom will most likely hear from me twice a day. You are not allowed to suck that bad without repercussions. I am the repercussion.


  • In reply to gpldan:

  • Just curious how you knew you were banned?

  • In reply to Shady:

    got a text saying my acct was terminated and that I wouldn't be receiving any more texts and info from the Score.

  • Yeah, that sounds like a-bannin'.

  • In reply to Shady:

    well , they shouldn't have said stupid shit and we could've avoided all of this.


    pale imbus is ALWAYS the right call yonny.

  • I have come to respect that movie more and more. That scene could easily be pure comedy if shot differently with different actors but instead you want to laugh but it's grotesque and fucking crazily acted. Gotta love Bale.

  • Is that when you headed over to NBC Sports to set them straight on Aaron Rogers?

  • lubin'.... the motherfuckingdeals!

  • + one fuckload

  • Just think, MB - some poor guys get to be trashed by their spouses in divorce via ABC news. Should be wrong - but it isn't.

    I'm going to stop comparing Urlacher to Heather Mills. Instead, he's like Shellie Zimmerman.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    brutal maings, fucking brutal.

    There's always some other poor bastard getting abused WAY harder than you... it just doesn't feel like it sometimes.

    It's best to keep a positive mental attitude as much as possible.

  • are you... fucking kidding me?!?!

    Who fucking sanctioned this sheite?!!?

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    The only way to save it would be to have the two fans order the in flight chili, rip ass for 4 hours, then give Rodgers pink eye.



  • In reply to MB30SD:

    fucking whoa man.

  • pursuant to our discussion yesterday shady my brother

    Check #3

  • In reply to MB30SD:


  • In reply to Shady:

  • there's something.... fetching about this girl. Can't put my finger on it (although I'd love to)


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Great example of surgically implanted Tupperware..

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yes please!

    Nom nom nom

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Yeah, as fake as it gets. Ugh....

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    perfect tits suck

    (yes, I know we've had this discussion like 10 times... I just can't get over that you poor souls haven't experienced well done fakies that feel real AND look perfect.

    It's never too late lads. Throw it onto your bucket lists!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Well they sure don't look perfect and I'll wager you they don't feel real either. But, if by chance, you manage to get your hands on them and you say they feel real, I'll take your word for it...

  • Even when Urlacher was at full strength the Bears were susceptible to tight ends up the seam.

  • Are we just going through the Paul Verhoven catalog now?

    If so, can we please please have a remake of Running Man?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    as long as this is still in there

  • What I do NOT want to see that I believe I HAVE seen in the last two openers:

    Cutler sacked on the first offensive play from scrimmage of the year.

    For sure, we won't have to endure Chad "Not Ochocinco Anymore" Johnson doing the Riverdance in the Bears' endzone running pasyt an in-a-frightful-skills-decline Nathan Vasher.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Gotta give it up. the Riverdance was well done. It pissed me off by about the third time they showed it during the game I was laughing. We got smoked that game. Nate really did fall off a cliff.

  • For those of us not living in either the Chicago or Cincy areas and haven't or won't cough up the price of the NFL TIcket, here are your options. Sorry Al, it looks like you won't be able to watch the Pack this Sunday afternoon:

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I watch the Bears at home, when available, although being including in the Cardinals viewing area (by special decree,BTW) bumps the Bears and a lot of other better games off the local channels.If not on locally, I go to my local watering hole which is walking distance.Beyond that I am a HUGE fan of REDZONE which is only $11 / month on DISH and also gives me CSN Chicago so I can see the locals analuze the Bear games.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    I prefer to watch games at home, but my local Bears bar is only about a 15 minute leisurely walk. Animal House is a fitting name when the Bears aren't on TV. Usually about 50 rabid Bears fans with Packer and Viking bars next door. $2 16 ounce beers is a nice touch. I always drink a "roadie" on the way to the bar, and sometimes a roadie on the walk home.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    I much prefer to watch them at home. At the sports bar, rarely is the Bears game the one with the sound up. I feel self conscious yelling at the screen. That sucks ass. It's nice to have cute young women bringing you junk food and drinks but I'd rather stay home. Sometimes I'm at work or down in the little mining town and follow the game on the internet. That really sucks ass but then I can get on here and rant.

  • In reply to Cormonster:

    BTW, that was a good analogy about the guy that wouldn't update his bar. Also, I'm getting a new to me laptop so I might be able to get something sent out.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Thanks for acknowledging my analogy.

    True story. My buddy Chuck decided to raise a woodchuck that he found on the side of the road. He named the woodchuck Woody.


    How much wood could
    Chuck's woodchuck
    Woody chuck if
    Chuck's woodchuck Woody
    could chuck wood?

  • This is why Evan Silva is becoming my fav sport's writer (it's FF-based, but in depth nevertheless).

    "Cincinnati @ Chicago

    New Bears coach Marc Trestman is a believer in a precision passing game with timing, rhythm, anticipation, and a trigger man who releases the football as soon as he hits his back foot. Since Jay Cutler's Denver days, he's been a streetballer with tendencies to hold onto the ball too long, lock onto targets, and wait for receivers to come open before pulling the trigger. Cutler showed tangible signs of preseason improvement, finishing August 22-of-34 (64.7%) for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Cutler was intercepted twice. One pick was bad, forcing it to Brandon Marshall in double coverage. The other occurred when Alshon Jeffery either quit on his slant route or simply ran the wrong pattern. This new Chicago offense -- with a line that starts two rookies on the right side in RG Kyle Long and RT Jordan Mills -- is in for a major test against Cincinnati's arguably league-best defensive front. I'd treat Cutler as a pretty clear-cut QB2 in the opener, and if he plays well in the difficult matchup, consider elevating him to low-end QB1 status for Week 2 against the Vikings. ... If Dez Bryant was the single most impressive player of the 2013 preseason, Matt Forte wasn't far off. The centerpiece of Trestman's attack, Forte is going to be in space this season more often than ever before. He finished exhibition action with two touchdowns and a 9.9(!) yards-per-carry clip. You may have drafted Forte as an RB2, but he has a chance to score like an RB1.

    There's no reason to think the new offense will negatively impact Marshall's production, primarily because Trestman is an ardent believer in the passing game and will call pass plays in bunches. Expect Marshall to get the better of Sunday's matchup with Bengals RCB Leon Hall. ... Jeffery is a different player entering his second NFL year. He is toned up physically and an outstanding fit for Trestman's scheme as a 6-foot-3, 215-pound West Coast wideout. Jeffery was a bigger part of Chicago's preseason passing offense than Martellus Bennett, and may emerge as the No. 3 option behind Marshall and Forte, which could vault Jeffery into WR2 fantasy territory. I like his Week 1 coverage draw against 35-year-old Bengals LCB Terence Newman. ... Bennett's value is touch and go. He was targeted only three times among 62 preseason snaps, dropping two and securing the third for a 16-yard gain. Bennett is an outstanding blocker, and may get stuck on the line helping Mills block Bengals edge-bending LE Carlos Dunlap for long stretches in Week 1. Bennett can still be a 2013 fantasy factor, but I wouldn't want to lean on him in Sunday's opener.

    The Bengals are one of many NFL teams planning to play fast-tempo 2013 offense, upping its use of huddle-less formations and increasing plays from scrimmage. This is good news for fantasy players because more snaps equal more touches, and more touches can equal more yards and touchdowns. Versatile, quick-footed "space" back Giovani Bernard is also a much better fit for Cincy's revised approach than plodding two-down banger BenJarvus Green-Ellis. I think Bernard will usurp Law Firm as the Bengals' leader in touches as soon as Week 1. The Bears are loaded defensively and this is not an ideal matchup, of course, but Bernard should open the season as an every-week RB2/flex. It's worth noting the rookie scored three one-yard touchdowns in preseason, whereas Green-Ellis did not find pay dirt. The Bengals won't hesitate to leave Gio in the game in scoring position when they're playing no-huddle offense without substitutes. ... Tyler Eifert has a chance to develop into a top-five tight end when Jermaine Gresham's rookie deal expires (2015), but until then the logical guess is Cincinnati's tight end duo will offset each other's production, rendering both Eifert and Gresham week-to-week rolls of the low-end TE1 dice. I do expect Eifert to out-produce Gresham by season's end, but the situation is not a sound fantasy investment.

    The Bears return 3-of-4 up-front starters and all four secondary first-teamers from a defense that ranked top-eight in passing touchdowns allowed, yards-per-pass-attempt permitted, and sacks in 2012. At Soldier Field, Chicago's pass defense is a highly imposing foe for talent-deficient Andy Dalton and a Bengals offense minus stalwart LT Andrew Whitworth (knee). Julius Peppers plays on Whitworth's side. Dalton had better get the ball out quick. The Bears are a recommended fantasy-defense play, and Dalton is a low-end QB2. ... Bengals OC Jay Gruden is a schemer and game planner, and smart enough to know his offense is entering a disadvantageous scenario. It's why I wouldn't be surprised if quick-hitting dump-off valve Bernard led Cincy in Week 1 receptions. Start A.J. Green, but temper expectations in his likely shadow matchup with Bears CB Charles Tillman. "Peanut" limited Calvin Johnson to lines of 3-34-0 and 5-72-0 in their two 2012 matchups. ... The Bengals used Brandon Tate and Armon Binns in a No. 2 receiver rotation opposite Green to open last season. It's not insane to think they'll do the same with Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones against the Bears. Sanu will play the most snaps, but is competing for targets with Eifert, Gresham, and perhaps Jones behind Green and Gio. This isn't a recipe for reliable fantasy stats.

    Score Prediction: Bears 21, Bengals 17"

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