The Cincinnati Bengals will clash with the Chicago Bears in the Windy City during Week 2 of NFL action. Once again, the good guys are coming in as underdogs after winning outright against the Vikings. According to WynnBet, Cincinnati is a three-point underdog.
The Bears still have a talented defense, this will certainly pose a big challenge for Joe Burrow and the Bengal offense. This will be Chicago’s first home game of the season. Fans should be pretty fired up and loud, which only makes things more difficult for Cincinnati.
Between the spread and some predictions, this looks like a coin toss type of game.
Bengals vs. Bears – Expert Picks
Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) – Bears 23, Bengals 17
"The Bengals did some good things in beating the Vikings last week, while the Bears were awful. How long can they stay with Andy Dalton? He gets a chance against his former team here, and I think he will play much better than he did a week ago. I think the Bears defense will get the better of the Bengals and Joe Burrow as well. Chicago bounces back."
Ben Rolfe (Pro Football Network) – Bengals 23, Bears 21
Matt Johnson (Sportsnaut) – Bears 31, Bengals 24
Matt Fitzgerald (Sportsnaut) – Bengals 27, Bears 24
Marcus Mosher (The Game Day) – Bears 23, Bengals 17
It looks like predictions are coming down to whether people think Chicago’s 20-point loss in Week 1 to the Rams revealed who they really are. For the most part, more people are picking the Bears over the Bengals. Similar to last week, it is understandable due to Cincinnati’s youth while the Bears have more experience.
The Bengals are probably going to be underdogs for the majority of the year unless they are consistent from week to week. Since we are only one week into the NFL season, Cincinnati still has plenty to prove.
There are no guarantees a rookie like Ja’Marr Chase or the newly-formed defensive line will perform every single week. Consistency must be established before the Bengals become a reliable, solid NFL squad.
Cincinnati will look to build off their impressive season-opening victory against Minnesota. There are several reasons to believe the Bengals will come out on top over the Bears, the same can be said for Chicago. As mentioned, both teams have a good shot in this game as it should be tightly contested.
Can Cincinnati pull off another upset in Week 2? Winning back-to-back games as an underdog would be a great start to the season for the Bengals.