TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 7, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Soldier Field
Weather: 70 high, 62 low
Line: Chicago (-7)
The Chicago Bears enter the 2014 season with possibly the best offense in the NFL. After all, the team has a healthy Jay Cutler. Not to mention, Cutler has two great targets to throw to in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Oh yeah, the running game is also solid thanks to Matt Forte.
The defense is the unit with all of the question marks, as Chicago is coming off of a season where it gave up 29.9 points per game. If the D is improved, the Bears will contend for a title. If not, well, hopefully Cutler stays healthy and is on all season.
With all of that said, Chicago should have no problem against the Buffalo Bills.
EJ Manuel has had a season to adjust in the NFL, so he will be expected to be better. Plus, Buffalo grabbed the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft, Sammy Watkins. If Manuel and Watkins meet expectations, Buffalo could have a very good thing going for it on the offensive side of the ball.
The difference in this game is Chicago’s offense, and it is a big difference. Not many teams are going to have the firepower to keep up with Cutler and Co. in 2014, and it will be up to those teams to come up big on the defensive side of the ball, if they plan on beating Chicago.
Regardless, the Bears are at home and should start the year off with a W.
PREDICTION: Bears 35, Buffalo 14