Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took to the team's new offensive system swimmingly in 2013, riding a strong supporting cast that included running back Matt Forte and wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall to an outstanding first six weeks. In his first six games, Cutler completed nearly 66 percent of his passes while averaging about 272 yards, two touchdowns and one interception per game.
An injury cut Cutler's seventh game short, and he found it difficult to get back to 100 percent at any point over the remainder of the season before finally giving way to Josh McCown. However, back to full strength for the start of 2014, Cutler is a prime candidate to match his first-six-game averages from last season in Week 1 against the Bills.
The Bills still maintain an excellent stable of pass rushers, but the back seven has lost players to injury and free agency, and the team will try to restock from within. Linebackers Kiko Alonso (out for year) and Nigel Bradham (suspended for Week 1) won't play Sunday, and safety projects to be an area of concern after Jairus Byrd left in free agency. Cutler should find plenty of room in the middle of the field all day. Expect plenty of first downs as the Bears QB piles up 300-plus yards and multiple TDs in Week 1.
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