The Cincinnati were one of the best-balanced defenses in the NFL last season, rushing and covering the pass with equivalent skill. If left linebacker Manny Lawson can be changed by new signee Aaron Maybin, they must be able to rattle Jay Cutler.
The Cincinnati may not shut down Brandon Marshall, yet can any individual else in the blue as well as orange obtain open against the men in orange as well as black?
On offense, the Cincinnati have counted on A.J. Green, and that will proceed. The game can activate whether Charles Peanut Tillman can close Green down, or whether the Cincinnati pass rush can get to Cutler.
This year opener should be a low-scoring affair; the Cincinnati ought to take it in a squeaker.
Cincinnati Bengals vs Chicago Bears
The Cincinnati and also Chicago are incredibly comparable groups, with the exact same vision and also a little various means of executing it. Hence, when these 2 groups satisfy in the season, it ought to be a most fascinating game.
The Chicago target for the season is to keep their QB, Jay Cutler, far better protected. With time in the pocket, he's one of the strongest-armed and also most accurate passers in the organization. Nonetheless, also if they do have a much better offending line, they'll still need to keep the Cincinnati protective front at bay.
No group seems to have discovered a consistently reliable solution to keeping Michael Johnson and Geno Atkins both from acquiring pressure after pressure, and also if the Cincinnati could use down Bears pass security, they ought to have the ability to make themselves a close road win.
Prediction: Bengals, 31-27