While Mitchell Trubisky can run away from trouble, Joe Flacco will have a rough debut at home in Denver with his running support shut down. It won't be pretty, and it might take a defensive TD to get enough scoring, but Chicago will get a much-needed rebound on the road vs. a familiar coach.
Mitch Trubisky needs to do more to prove he’s the answer for the Bears. Still, Chicago should be better than in the opener, when it produced a field goal.
The one wild card in this game is Joe Flacco. I have no idea how Flacco is going to play against the Bears defense, but as long as he's slightly better than Trubisky, the Broncos are going to win. Unfortunately for Denver though, after watching Flacco play on Monday night, I"m not convinced he's going to be better than Trubisky, so I'm taking the Bears in a thriller where their kicker actually comes through WITH A GAME-WINNER.
The Bears are much more rested — Chicago played the first game of Week 1 (last Thursday night), whereas Denver played the final game (Monday night at 10:20 p.m. ET) — and points won’t come easy for the Broncos. The Vic Fangio effect also works both ways, as Chicago head coach Matt Nagy should have a good idea of how to attack his former defensive coordinator.
Chicago will, almost by default, be better on offense this week, especially against the Broncos (0-1), whose defense looked terrible in a loss to the Raiders on Monday night. Road games in Denver can be tough, but the Bears have the added motivation of proving last year’s success was not a fluke.
I’m well aware of the trend that Denver is great at home in September. They’re 75-20-2 at home in September since 1970, according to OddsShark, and have won 13 in a row. That’s hard to go against. But the Broncos looked terrible at Oakland and I don’t know how they move the ball on the Bears. Also, the Broncos played the latest possible game on Monday night, and the Bears got extra rest after playing last Thursday. That’s a big edge.
Chicago looked like it was still in preseason mode in its opener, so expect some mile-high intensity against a Broncos team that looked overwhelmed against the Raiders.
Last week was a big-time letdown for the Denver defense, but a return home should help. So, too, should Vic Fangio’s familiarity with the Bears, and he should know as well as anyone the buttons to push in order to make Mitch Trubisky’s life miserable.
The Broncos were dreadful in their opening loss to the Raiders, but Chicago wasn't much better. Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky has to bounce back here, but the Denver defense does as well. I am leaning toward the Denver defense getting back on track.
Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t proven that he should be a road favorite in Denver. It’s a virtual guarantee that the Broncos will get more pressure on the quarterback than they did in the season opener. Denver hasn’t lost at home in the first two weeks of the season since 2011.
Empower Field at Mile High is one of the NFL’s toughest venues, especially early in the season for an unsettled opponent like Chicago. And if anyone knows how to prepare to face the Bears, it’s Broncos coach Vic Fangio fresh off spending five years as the team’s defensive coordinator.
The Bears did not use quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the preseason, and it showed in their 10-3 loss to the Packers. He is not good enough to merit getting the preseason off. The Broncos are better than they showed in Oakland.
Denver has won 14 consecutive home September games. Maybe it’s the elevation? Twelve of the last 18 Bears games have also been decided by one possession, so expect a close one.
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