Friday, September 09, 2011

Bears - Falcons

The Falcons come off a year in which they had the best record in the NFC. They have skilled offensive players and a very good young QB. Defensively they seem sound. That said, their starting center is out and they have a new guard that apparently has not done as well as they would like this pre-season. Michael Turner looks like he is out of shape and has not been very good this year. In their third pre-season game against the Steelers they threw the ball 42 times in the first half.

I think the Bears will control the line of scrimmage and get to Matty Ice a few times. I don't think Turner will do much. They have great receivers and will make some plays, but I don't think the Falcons will be able to do enough against what I think is a very good Bears D.

Offensively the Bears will be committed to balance and will be able to run the ball with their much improved offensive line. Cutler will make plays and keep drives going. They may not punch it in as often as I'd like, but they will hit field goals and control the clock. I also expect a couple of big special teams plays that give them short fields.

End result, Bears 24 - Falcons 17.

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