Dec 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins (97) and defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
On Labor Day, the Cincinnati Bengals locked-down defensive standout Geno Atkins to a six-year, $56.423 million dollar contract, leaving the team with the highest paid defensive line in the NFL. This week vs the Bears, the defensive line will need to step up early and show why they make the big bucks.
Jay Cutler looking to secure his position on a Chicago Bears team, that plays with the same intensity and determination as the favorites to win the season opener.
With an established running game in Matt Forte and Michael Bush. Cutler has a few playmaking targets in Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett, and Martellus Bennett.
We could see some early mismatches on the Bengals defense if the defensive line can not show consistent pressure in forcing Cutler to make plays with his legs. Forcing Cutler to make quick decisions with his legs is what has caused the veteran quarterback’s decline in play over the last couple of years.