We break down everything the Chicago Bears must do on both sides of the ball to pick up a victory…
Bears-Bengals Matchups to Watch
OFFENSE WR Brandon Marshall vs. CB Leon Hall In last year's season opener, Marshall caught nine passes – a Week 1 franchise record – for 119 yards and 1 TD. Yet in three career games against the Bengals, the last two of which he was lined up against Hall, he has just 13 total catches and no touchdowns. Hall, an All Pro in 2009, is an underrated cover corner who doesn't back down to talented wideouts like Marshall. If Hall can keep him in check, the Bengals won't have to roll safeties over the top of Marshall, which would then make it harder on the rest of the Bears' pass catchers. Marshall, who will likely be dealing with a sore hip for most of the season, needs to set the tone early and force the Bengals' secondary to give him their full attention. LT Jermon Bushrod vs. DE Michael Johnson The Bears made Bushrod the wealthiest offensive lineman in franchise history this offseason and he's going to be...
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