Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears- 9/7/14
Buffalo Bills (6-10) at Chicago Bears (8-8)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Soldier Field)
The Line: Chicago Bears -4.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
The Bills look to build on last year’s disappointing season as they head into Soldier Field to take on the Bears and their two headed receiving monster.
The Buffalo Bills traded up in the NFL draft to grab Sammy Watkins out of Clemson who is undoubtedly talented enough to warrant the move but his injury concerns and the lack of productivity from EJ Manuel has Buffalo in a tight spot this season. Manuel and the Bills were criticized heavily last season as the former Florida State product doesn’t appear as though he is ready to be a number one signal caller in the NFL. CJ Spiller had an off year in 2013 which led the way for veteran Fred Jackson to be among the game’s elite backs last season but the balance of attack this year will likely head back in favour of Spiller which could be a cause for concern for those in Orchard Park. Buffalo is also without Kiko Alonso who sustained a season ending injury in training camp and Jairus Byrd who left for New Orleans which to me makes the Bills among the league’s worst teams this season. They are also without Stevie Johnson who had been the team’s go to wide out over the last couple of years and while Robert Woods could fill that void I don’t see the Bills having enough in the tank to compete against the league’s top teams.
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The Bears meanwhile have their sights set on the playoffs after an 8-8 mark left them short of their goals last season and with the makeup the Bears have on offense they are a legitimate threat to the Packers in the NFC North. Matt Forte is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL both on the ground and in the air and with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery catching the football it’ll be a nightmare for opposing defenses to try and contain these three along with pivot Jay Cutler who returns to full health. The Bears are usually a tough out at home regardless of who they are playing and with this being the season opener you can expect the Chicago faithful to be out in full force here despite their competition being what it is. I have absolutely no idea how this line is where it’s at as I can see the Bears coming out and stomping the Bills and while others may be down on the Bears and their defense this season I think their offense will more than make up for those shortcomings and I don’t see how this game ends in any other manner than a double digit blow out for the home side.