Chicago Bears vs. Buffalo Bills
The Chicago bears and the Buffalo Bills begin their 2011 NFL seasons as they meet Saturday Night at Soldier Field. The Bears are -3 point favorites over the Bills with an over/under point total set at 34.5.
The Chicago Bears won the NFC North last season but the most important game of the year turned out to be the last game of the regular season when they lost to the packers in Green Bay allowing the pack into the playoffs where they eventually won the Super Bowl. In the playoffs bears QB Jay Cutler came under fire for not playing hurt so Cutler should be on a mission this season with Caleb Hanie backing him up and Nate Enderle being the number three though he’ll be challenged by Trevor Vittatoe. Matt Forte will carry the load for the bears in the backfield and he was very effective as a receiver as well but the Bears picked up Marion Barber for Dallas in addition to Chester Taylor and Kahlil Bell who are already on the roster. Wide Receiver has been a weak link for Chicago and while Roy Williams and Sam Hurd come over from Dallas, Johnny Knox, Devin Hester, and Earl Bennett should all figure and Dane Sanzenbacher could turn into a gem as a possession guy who simply catches everything. Greg Olsen is gone at Tight End signifying Mike Martz putting his stamp on the offense, a scheme where the Tight End doesn’t catch too many passes. Defensively Brian Urlacher, Julius Peppers, and Lance Briggs are three of the best defenders in the NFL.
The Buffalo Bills were one of the worst teams in football a year ago and though not having a QB since Jim Kelly last played, the Bills did nothing to upgrade the position. Ryan Fitzpatrick start for the Bills at QB followed on the depth chart by Tyler Thigpen and Levi Brown, none these three has had any kind of success at the NFL level. Fred Jackson emerged as an every down back while C.J. Spiller is a touchdown waiting to happen and Corey McIntyre and Quinton Ganther make up the rest of the depth chart though I think rookie Johnny White will at the very least stick. At Wide Receiver Steve Johnson, Lee Evans, and Roscoe Parrish are joined by Brad Smith and Craig Davis. The Bills defense was one of the best against the pass last season but they were dead last against the run, partly because of personnel, partly because they trailed most of the time so the opposition ran a lot. The Bills used the third overall pick on Marcell Darius to sure up the defensive tackle spot and then went defense with their next three picks.
Neither team has much to gain in this one but the Bills will be looking at a lot of players while the bears will more or less be looking to try some new plays and fill the very few holes they have. I look for the Bears to have their way in this one.
Chicago Bears -3 Buffalo Bills