In the immortal words of Eddie Vedder, ‘Ooooh Iiiiii, ohhhh I’m still alive.’
The Eagles came through for me in Week 1 with a second-half comeback, prevailing 34 – 17 over the Jaguars.
On to Week 2, my pick is the San Francisco 49ers to beat the Chicago Bears on Sunday night.
Statistical Mismatch: According to pro-football-reference.com, in 2013, the Bears defense gave up the third-most total yards in the NFL. Upon further review, the Bears defense was third in rushing attempts against, first in rushing yards allowed, rushing TDs allowed, rushing yards per attempt against, and rushing first downs against. I guess you could say it’s almost a clean sweep for the Bears defense.
A few other things to keep in mind for this game:
- According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bears allowed a league-high 141 rush yards on zone-read plays in Week 1, and since the start of the 2013 season they have allowed the most yards on the zone read in the NFL. San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick leads the NFL with 6 rushing TDs on zone read plays since 2012.
- The Bears will be without C Roberto Garza and LG Matt Slauson due to injuries in Week 1. Bear in mind (see what I did there) the Bills sacked Cutler twice last week – once up the middle and once to the left side of the o-line. Just sayin’. I think the reliance on less-experienced interior lineman to stop co-sack leader DE Justin Smith and the Niners’ vaunted linebackers will be too much for the Bears offense to withstand.
- It doesn’t help that the Bears could potentially be without their top two WR targets Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
However, since 2006, teams playing their first regular season game in a new stadium have a losing record (Arizona ’06 – W, Indianapolis ’08 – L, Dallas ’09 – L, Giants ’10 – W, Jets ’10 – L). But that’s not enough to scare me away from San Fran this week.
Prediction: 49ers 24, Bears 10
What do you think? Coming off a loss to Buffalo, can the Bears pull off the upset by the Bay?
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