When looking at how some of the best football analysts in the business see the Cincinnati Bengals matchup with the Chicago Bears, this may very well be one of the hardest Week 1 games to predict.
As part of a roundtable piece with Bengals.com, ESPN’s Chris Mortenson picked the Bears in a game that will come down to the wire:
Bears, 24-23. I think the Bears defense is going to be really, really good. It’s at home. The offense is going to be good. Having a Matt Forte at running back, Jay Cutler, the offensive line is improved. Can it deal with the Bengals front? That’s it, there’s the game. It goes from a seven-step drop to a five-step drop passing game to get the ball out quicker and help those guys up front.
Bengals are fully aware of Pete Prisco, who has professed his love for the Bengals on many occasions, and of course, he picked the Bengals in another nail-biter:
Bengals, 24-23. Close. I think they force Cutler to make some bad throws and I really like the Bengals defense in that situation.