Nov 13, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) runs an interception 44 yards for a touchdown in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com went as far as to predict the final moments of the game, as Chicago rallies to win in the closing moments:
"Cincinnati — everyone’s AFC darling north of the Arrowhead Stadium — will have a 23-20 lead late … and that’s when either Tim Jennings or Charles “Peanut” Tillman will strike for the Bears (it’s hard to decide which, as both corners made so many clutch plays last season). Rookie Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and crew will find the Bears not as easy to run on as one would think (they ranked eighth against the run in 2012). Bears lead back Matt Forte, meanwhile, will get out in space. Will the Bengals’ Vontaze Burfict be caught with his pants down? I suspect the Chicago offense will do that to a lot of linebackers; Forte should snag eight catches here and 88 on the season."
The Sporting News actually tabbed this game as their “Upset of the Week” in picking the Bengals to win:
"Cincinnati over Chicago (Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS). OK, if we believe in the Bengals as division favorites and true AFC contenders, this is exactly the kind of game we should expect them to win. Sure, the Bears are excited about their version of the West Coast under Marc Trestman, but Cincy also upgraded its offense. The Bengals also should control the action up front and get after Jay Cutler. Here’s their chance to gain respect in a tough road environment to start a difficult early stretch. Bengals 20, Bears 19."
One thing appears likely Sunday: This should be close throughout, and may even come down to the final possession of the game.