Tale of the tape
Week 1: Chicago Bears Vs. Indianapolis Colts
|Jay Cutler has one of the strongest arms in the NFL and he appears more mature and focused than he has been at any point in his career. His quick release and mobility are big positives.||Quarterback||The first game of No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck’s career is not so much a huge event but the first step of a long journey. His intelligence will give him a big edge as he gets experience, but he will have rough spots along the way.|
|The big move of the offseason was acquiring big-play receiver Brandon Marshall, who gives Cutler a specialist. Matt Forte is a solid runner and receiver, but the Bears still have question on the offensive line.||Offense||Donald Brown is a solid running back who should be able to take some of the pressure off of Luck. While the Colts are rebuilding, they retained Reggie Wayne because he knows how to get open and he will not drop passes he can reach.|
|The Bears have Julius Peppers, who can rarely be blocked by one offensive lineman. Brian Urlacher begins the season with a balky knee, so that means Lance Briggs can’t afford any let down. The Bears have a solid defense, but age is a concern.||Defense||Chuck Pagano takes over as the Colts’ head coach after a successful run as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator. Robert Mathis must be at his best as a pass rusher for this defense to have a chance.|
|This has been one of the Bears’ biggest edges for years, but punter Adam Podleshmay not be able to go. Robbie Gould is an accurate kicker and Devin Hester is the most dangerous returner in history.||Special Teams||The Colts seem to be well-stocked in all areas of special teams. Placekicker Adam Vinatieri is one of the best ever and punter Pat McAfee averaged 46.6 yards per punt last year. The return games can be explosive.|
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