Bengals vs. Bears: 3 Matchups to Watch

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Jul 30, 2015; Bourbonnais, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during practice at Olivet Nazarene University. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

3. Jay Cutler vs. Bengals Secondary

Andy Dalton and A.J. Green may be two of the league’s most frustrating players, but neither player will be the most frustrating player to watch tonight–that title belongs to Jay Cutler.

Jay Cutler is one of the NFL’s most scrutinized players, notably for his tendency to throw interceptions (130 career picks in 119 games) and poor body language. Cutler often makes huge mistakes, walks to the sidelines and appears disinterested or indifferent.

And Cincinnati’s secondary should be eager to play the interception-throwing machine. Last time these two teams squared off, Vontaze Burfict picked off Cutler; he should throw at least one interception tonight.

And with the two teams likely playing their starters for the entire first half and possibly longer, players like Dre Kirkpatrick and George Iloka have the chance to prove that they can be difference-makers against the pass. Because despite Cincinnati’s 20 defensive interceptions in 2014, the team’s young defensive backs still need to prove that they can catch passes rather than just bat them down. Kirkpatrick and Iloka have both made some key interceptions during their respective careers, but the two players have a chance to truly break out in the 2015 regular season. A pick by either player tonight could give Bengals fans just a little bit more hope about the team’s defensive success, something Cincinnati needs to return to the playoffs.

Keep an eye out for these three matchups tonight as you tune into the Bengals game. In case you missed it, check out this link for broadcast information and more.

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