Chicago Bears: 4 bold predictions for Week 2 vs. Bengals
The Chicago Bears are set to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a thrilling Week 2 matchup. The NFC North seems wide open right now, so Chicago will want to resurrect their slow start from a week ago. It’s time to continue our NFL predictions series with a Bears Week 2 prediction.
Their defense was exploited against the Los Angeles Rams, so Chicago will hope to show improvement as they face off against the Bengals. It’s a tough task, but not impossible by any means. If the Bears can bottle up the run game, they’ll have a chance to control possession throughout most of the contest.
For the offense, the Bears need David Montgomery to perform at his best. He looked solid in the season opener, so he should be able to carry that momentum over to Week 2. Allen Robinson aims for a better performance and could put up huge numbers against a weak Bengals secondary. Lastly, we could see the Bears finally swap Justin Fields into the starting role if Andy Dalton struggles. With that said, here are four bold Bears Week 2 predictions against the Bengals.
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Bears Week 2 Predictions
4. Bears defense shuts down Joe Mixon
Cincinnati looked great against the Minnesota Vikings as Joe Mixon led the way. If the Bears hope to win this game, they have to make stopping Mixon a priority. Joe Burrow can sling it with the best of them, but forcing him to drop back and pass is the ideal situation for the Bears. This would increase the chances to succeed, as Cincinnati has a putrid offensive line.
3. David Montgomery carries Chicago to victory
David Montgomery looked solid in their first game. Unfortunately, Chicago was routed by the Rams, preventing Montgomery from having an even bigger game. The Bengals don’t have the best defense by any means, so we should see the Bears running back put up huge numbers once again. Look for Chicago to feed David Montgomery to control the clock to win the game.
2. Allen Robinson goes off for 200+ yards and 1 touchdown
Allen Robinson ended the last game with six receptions for 35 yards. He’s at least being targeted, but he failed to do much with his opportunities. The Rams arguably have the best secondary in the league though, and now Robinson is set to face off against the Bengals. This is a much more favorable matchup for the veteran receiver. Whether it’s Andy Dalton or Justin Fields in the backfield, look for Allen Robinson to get involved early and often on Sunday.
1. Andy Dalton gets benched. Justin Fields finally takes over
Pretty much everyone in the world wants to see Justin Fields play except for Matt Nagy. For that reason, we’re likely to go another week watching Andy Dalton dropping back to pass. However, it seems the leash is getting shorter as the rest of the coaching staff is chomping at the bit to play Fields. If Andy Dalton throws two interceptions, we should see Justin Fields’ number called. Once that happens, the Bears have officially entered a new era.