The NFL season is back and it is better than ever thanks to a record-setting five rookie quarterbacks starting, which simply is earth-shattering news.
Andrew Luck was the consensus number one pick in the 2o12 NFL Draft a full year before the selection was made, but that did not stop people from throwing comparisons out there to John Elway. Luck has a cannon for an arm, but the targets he is throwing to are not exactly Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark or Reggie Wayne in their prime.
Wayne’s still the top target, but Charles “Peanut” Tillman will likely be shadowing him all game which means Luck’s former teammate Coby Fleener needs to put together a monster game if they expect to come close to pulling off this upset.
Soldier Field may be the oldest and smallest (capacity wise) stadium in the NFL, but they love their football and everybody cannot wait to see how Brian Urlacher looks after he reportedly received a knee treatment in Europe ala Kobe Bryant.
Urlahcer and Lance Briggs have been among the best linebacker duo’s for nearly a decade, but the talent behind them is far from a joke. Geno Hayes is a player to keep a close eye on as he has defensive back speed and can track skill position players in his sleep.
The onus will fall on another tandem however. Jay Cutler and his former teammate Brandon Marshall looked legit as the preseason came to a conclusion, and there is an excellent chance they will have several reservations for six this season.
It doesn’t matter that Vontae Davis was brought over from the Dolphins, Matt Forte and Michael Bush will force the Indianapolis defense to load up the box.
That spells doom for the rookie debut of Luck as well as the first game for newly hired coach Chuck Pagano. Chicago is attempting to challenge for not just a playoff spot, but a division crown with the Green Bay Packers.
Before they meet up in a colossal battle on a Thursday night next week, they must avoid struggling with an inferior opponent that has developing talent.
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Network: CBS (708)
Experts Pick: Bears by 9.5
Danny V’s Pick: Bears 27, Colts 13