The Chicago Bears will open their 2014 season at home against the Buffalo Bills as quarterback Jay Cutler looks to stay healthy over a full season.
The Chicago Bears will open their season at home against the Buffalo Bills, and quarterback Jay Cutler will look to stay healthy over a full season.
The Bears have a prolific offense with all of their key players returning, including running back Matt Forte and wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
They have also made upgrades to their defensive line by signing defensive ends Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, and cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings will return to their starting jobs.
The Bills will enter their second season with E.J. Manuel as their starting quarterback, but his development may be slowed if wide receiver Sammy Watkins is unable to return healthy from his rib injury right away.
A key matchup to look out for in this game will be the Bears’ rejuvenated defensive line against the Bills’ running backs. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are expected to be involved in the offense, and Bryce Brown may battle for carries as well.
This will also be a key matchup vice versa with Bears running back Matt Forte taking on a Bills defensive line that includes defensive tackle Kyle Williams and defensive ends Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus.
If the Bears can stuff the run, Manuel will be forced to win the game for the Bills. The Bears will have too much offensive firepower for the Bills to handle with an improved defense.
Prediction: Bears 33, Bills 17