Fresh off a down-to-the-wire overtime victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking for back-to-back wins to start off their 2021 campaign as they face the Chicago Bears. After going 20 of 27 and throwing for 261 yards to go along with two touchdowns, Joe Burrow looks ready and determined to lead this upstart Bengals squad to the playoffs this season. Nonetheless, it’s time to look forward and make our Bengals Week 2 predictions.
Not to mention their electric receiving duo of Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins lit up the stat sheet with nine receptions, 169 receiving yards, and two touchdowns between them. On the other side of the ball, Jessie Bates III, Germaine Pratt, and Eli Apple all came up huge for the Bengals on defense and made some critical stops for them late in the game. Looking to build on this success in Week 2, let’s now take a look at four bold predictions for their match-up against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Bengals Week 2 predictions:
4. Joe Burrow will have an epic QB duel with Justin Fields
Currently in the midst of a never-ending quarterback controversy, the Bears could decide to be bold and make Justin Fields their starter in Week 2. Although Andy Dalton went 27/38 and threw for 206 yards last Sunday night, it may be in their best interest to go young and give Fields a chance to prove himself as their starting quarterback this Sunday.
Despite only playing a few snaps, Fields did convert on both of his passes and gave the Bears a glimpse of what they’d be getting if he were running their offense. On the flip side, Joe Burrow is primed for another dominant performance against a Bears defense that got torched by the Rams in Week 1.
Looking to continually improve upon his early success with each game they play, Burrow will without question put on a show once again this Sunday. Were the Bears to give Fields the green light as their starting quarterback, then this could wind up being an epic quarterback showdown between two promising young quarterbacks that could wind up shining bright as superstars in the NFL someday.
3. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins will post big numbers vs Bears defense
After putting on strong performances during their Week 1 match-up against the Vikings, Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins will aim to pick up right where they left off last Sunday in the hopes of putting on a receiving clinic against Chicago. Coming into this season as one of the most explosive receiving corps in the NFL, Chase and Higgins will undoubtedly give the Bears defensive woes all game long.
Looking to light up the scoreboard on Sunday and have another big receiving day, the Bears will definitely have their work cut out for them this weekend. As a couple of speedy and athletic wideouts that have a ton of potential and a limitless superstar ceiling, this game will serve as another springboard for them in their quest to become the next great receiving duo in the NFL.
2. Joe Mixon will have another dominant rushing performance
Coming off a highly productive game against the Vikings last weekend where he posted 127 rushing yards, 23 yards receiving, and a touchdown, Joe Mixon is looking to continue his stellar play against the Bears on Sunday. After showcasing his versatile skillsets and proving to be highly effective as a dual-threat running back in Week 1, Mixon could create all kinds of mismatches and defensive problems for the Bears.
With a ton of hard work put in this offseason and Mixon ready to continually shine big for the Bengals this season, it can definitely be expected that he’ll have another big rushing day in Week 2. Granted we’re still only a game into the 2021 NFL season, but Joe Mixon showed a ton of promise last Sunday and will look to bring that same fire into their match-up against the Bears this weekend.
1. The Bengals will come away with a big win
After a stunning overtime victory against the Vikings last weekend, the Bengals will be working tirelessly to knock off their NFC North rivals on Sunday. With a ton of talent on both sides of the field and the continually improving and expanding games of Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, Germaine Pratt, and Jessie Bates III, this youthful and deep Bengals team has a lot going for them heading into this weekend.
If they can put forth the same fight as they did in Week 1, then they’ll most certainly come away with another big against a perennial playoff contender. Now that all these players have had the time to gel and build stronger team chemistry, it won’t come as any surprise to see them overpower and dismantle the Bears in Week 2.