The Chicago Bears are going on the road for the first time this season to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night at Heinz field.
This game between the Bears and Steelers has been described as a must-win game for the Steelers as the team is facing a o-and-3 start to the season if they do not win. For the Steelers, questions this past week have revolved around their offense. The Steelers have only scored a total of 19 points this season.
The questions have circled around the Steelers’ play-calling and running game. The Steelers essentially run a “dink and dunk” offense and that has been questioned by many analysts. The consensus is that the Steelers need to run an offense that opens up the playbook and creates more opportunities down field.
As for their running game, the Steelers have rushed for a total of 75 yards this season. In order for the Steelers’ style of offense to be successful, the team must establish the running game. The Steelers have been unable to do that in each of their first two games this season and that is why the team has struggled to score points.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears offense has had two straight fourth quarter comeback victories. On defense, the Bears have struggled in getting off the field on third down though the team has made stops when needed. Look no further than the Bears’ game against the Minnesota Vikings last week when the Vikings had several long drives on offense but only came away with field goals.
The Bears are the favorites against the Steelers on Sunday and that is evident by Da Windy City staff predictions for the game.
- Brandon Cain: With Le’Von Bell and Issac Redman battling injuries it will be difficult for the Steelers to execute a balanced attack against the Bears. As the Bengals displayed Monday night throwing across the middle and not to Ike Taylor works against the Steelers, if the Bears do that and utilize Matt Forte in the passing game look for a 27-13 Bears victory. Note: The last time the Bears went 3-0 was when the Bears won the NFC North title in 2010.
- Dylan Burn: This game worries me. Mainly because the Steelers are 0-2 to start the season for the first time since I believe 2002. They’ll be angry, playing on their home turf, and in the national spotlight on Sunday Night. I don’t think the Steelers have looked too impressive, but I like the Steelers in this one, 14-13.
- Brandon Bender: It might be close to panic time for the Steelers as they’re 0-2 for the first time in over a decade. I’m 0-2 on the season as well, but I will call for the Bears to start 3-0 for the first time since 2010. Bears win another close one 27-21.
- Jordan Campbell: This game is a trap game for the Bears. There is a consensus out there that Jay Cutler is terrible at night games. That is partially false. Cutler actually plays pretty well on Monday night, however, the quarterback struggles considerably on Sunday night. Considering the lack of pressure and inability to create takeaways by the Steelers’ defense, I expect Cutler to perform well. Well enough to give the Bears a 24-17 victory.