Chicago Bears vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts kick off their 2012 NFL seasons as they meet on Sunday at Soldier Field. The Bears are -9 point favorites over the Colts with an over/under point total set at 40.5.
Expectations are high for the Chicago Bears this season as starters return from injury and new talent has been brought in. QB Jay Cutler was having a big year last season before his season was cut short by a thumb injury and the Bears’ offense was just never the same. At running back Matt Forte is under contract and ready to go and Michael Bush has been brought in as a quality backup. The Bears acquired Brandon Marshall at receiver and drafter Alshon Jeffery which allows them to move Devin Hester to the slot and gives them a formidable group of weapons. In order for it all to come together the offensive line will need to do a better job. Defensively the Bears don’t have a lot of concerns expect for the health of Brian Urlacher who they say will be ready for the season. Urlacher will once again be joined by Lance Briggs and with Julius Peppers anchoring the defensive line and Israel Idonije providing additional pass rush this is a strong unit. Charles Tillman leads the secondary and Tim Jennings mans the other corner spot. The Bears have more depth than they had last season but they are hoping they won’t have to use much of it.
The Indianapolis Colts are coming off of a forgettable season and now they look to build for the future with a mix of old and new. The Peyton Manning era is officially over in Indy and the Andrew Luck era begins in this one; Luck draws a tough one here but the expectations are cautiously optimistic. Donald Brown is the starting running back but he has some help with veteran Mewelde Moore. Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie are back at wide receiver but the Colts also have an injection of youth with LaVon Brazill and T.Y. Hilton as well as tight end Coby Fleener. Winston Justice and Anthony Costanzo will do their best to keep luck upright. Defensively the Colts added Cory Redding to add to the threat of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Vontae Davis comes over from Miami to play corner and Tom Zibikowski was brought in from Baltimore. There are plenty of new faces and old names on the Colts’ roster but how much success they have is a big question mark.
Chicago is 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on natural grass while the Colts covered in four of their last five games last season but haven’t covered in their opener in their last four tries.
The line in this one is huge but despite as optimistic as many are about the Colts, this is just a lousy spot and as good as Luck may be, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs and crew aren’t who they would have chosen for him to get his feet wet against.
Chicago Bears -9 Indianapolis Colts