Cincinnati @ Chicago – Sunday 1PM ET
Forecast: Partly Cloudy 78
Earl Bennett WR- Undisclosed- Out
Tyler Eifert TE- Forearm- Probable
There might not be a guy in the NFL with more pressure on him than Andy Dalton. With a changing of the guard in the backfield, Dalton will need to carry the load and win some games early. I think he will. He won't be spectacular against the Bears, but will be solid with 250 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
The running game will be an interesting watch after we pumped the tires of one Giovani Bernard all preseason. Look, I am tempering my expectations somewhat for week one. Bernard will dip his toe in the water and rack up 80+ combo yards but will yield to the lawfirm (BenJarvus Green- Ellis) who will score the touchdown on the ground.
AJ Green will haul in a touchdown but will have a rough go against Peanut Tillman. I think the other touchdown will go the way of rookie tight end Tyler Eifert.
Mike Nugent isn't worth a start this week, but the Cincy defense sure is…remember how Jay Cutler likes to hold the ball too long?
Andy Dalton- B
AJ Green- B
Tyler Eifert- B
BenJarvus Green-Ellis- C
Giovani Bernard- C-
Andrew Hawkins- Bench
Mohamed Sanu- Bench
Jermaine Gresham- Bench
Mike Nugent- Bench
I often wonder if Jay Cutler rolls out of bed angry…well, not often. He should produce nicely in this game nearing 300 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He won't be the fantasy stud of the Bears though.
That honor will go to Matt Forte as he should top 150 (90 rush, 60 rec) combo yards and will find the stripe at least once.
Brandon Marshall has a hip something or another going on, but really? C'mon. He will top 100 yards and score in the season lid lifter.
I loved Alshon Jeffery a year ago and while he didn't produce a ton of fantasy points, he's a year older and should pick up his production. A borderline start in deep leagues, I still stash him on the bench waiting for the break out game.
Martellus Bennett is a solid tight end option and will produce. (4-5 catches and 60+ yards).
Robbie Gould is one of the most spot on kickers in the NFL, if you are looking for double digit points from your kicker, you might look elsewhere.
DST- The defense in the windy city is always solid and despite the Urlacher retirement and change in head coach, the Bears will be opportunistic once again. A solid start.