One of the biggest mismatches, at least on paper, for Week 1 is Chicago’s home date with Indianapolis. But could we be in for a shocker? We’ve come to learn that anything can happen in the NFL.
The Bears will open their season against Andrew Luck and the Colts and are currently 11-point favorites at various sportsbooks. Surely Lovie Smith’s and its Chicago Bears will be the popular play with the public’s NFL picks this weekend.
Chicago has been relatively quiet in the offseason, but the Bears did go out and make one splash, reuniting Brandon Marshall with Jay Cutler. Marshall has been productive wherever he’s been, even with mediocre quarterbacks in Miami, and he should have one of his best seasons ever in 2012 now that he’s back alongside his former Denver Broncos teammate.
Management also finally relented by giving Matt Forte a new contract. That should relieve a lot of the tension that had existed between Forte and the organization.
Plus, by bringing in Michael Bush from Oakland, the Bears now have one of the best running back duos in the entire league.
There are some injury concerns for the Bears though, mainly on the defensive side of the ball. Brian Urlacher has been dealing with health problems, as are a few other defensive starters.
Nonetheless, you’d have to think Chicago will be able to top the inexperienced Colts in Week 1. Andrew Luck has looked mature beyond his years in the preseason but now the real deal begins – how will he fare against a formidable (when healthy) Bears defensive unit?
Indianapolis is one of the youngest teams in the NFL and, while the future is looking bright with Luck under center, it’s going to take at least a couple years before the Colts are contending once again.
That leaves the door open for a big Chicago win on Sunday.