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The Chicago Bears will host the Cincinnati Bengals in their home opener, where the Bears will be looking for their first win of the season.
The Bears are coming off an embarrassing 34-14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1, where there were plenty of issues on both sides of the ball. Especially on the defensive front.
Believe it or not, the offense wasn’t the worst unit on the field for the Bears, although they were far from productive. The exception was running back David Montgomery, who had 16 carries for 108 yards (6.8 average).
Quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t terrible in his debut, where his quick release was a strength. But he did throw a costly interception in the end zone that halted an impressive scoring drive to open the game. The offense was able to sustain drives and didn’t have any 3-and-outs, which was an impressive feat for a team that had many in 2020, but they only managed 14 points.
The defense’s struggles was the most shocking thing to come out of the game for Chicago. While many expected the Rams offense to find success, it was a poor outing by the Bears, where there were missed tackles and blown coverages that made it an easy win for Los Angeles. The good news is Chicago isn’t facing the Rams offense for the second straight week.
Meanwhile, the Bengals are coming off an impressive overtime victory over the Vikings, where quarterback Joe Burrow led an impressive passing attack with Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd and rookie Ja’Marr Chase. While Cincy’s defense can be had, they’re certainly not the poor unit from a season ago.
Can Dalton make it two wins against his former team? How will Chicago’s defense rebound following a rough opener? Can the Bears get their first win of the season?
Who wins on Sunday?
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