Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/6/12

The 2012 football season is under way and the first football Sunday begins in three days. 

Jay Cutler and the revamped Chicago Bears' offense are anxious to get the season started in a victorious manner, and the Colts are the perfect first opponent for them.  

The Colts are implementing a new defense this year, the 3-4 scheme that is becoming commonplace in the league now. 

In addition, the Colts welcome 28 new players on the 53-man roster and also have a new head coach and No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck to contend with.

The Bears have advantages on special teams and defense as well as a slight advantage on offense. 

Devin Hester should get several chances to break a long return as well as newcomer Eric Weems. 

The Colts lost receiver Pierre Garcon to the Redskins but bring back deep threat Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie, to go along with rookie tight end Coby Fleener. 

Luck has looked sharp in the preseason, going 41 of 66 for 522 yards and three touchdown passes.

First-year coach Chuck Pagano will have his young defense ready against a potentially dangerous Bears offense. 

Pagano will bring his experience as Ravens defensive coordinator to the Hoosier state. 

Ferocious pass rushers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney will have to adjust to the 3-4 as outside linebackers rather than down linemen.

Cutler will not have to worry about a quick pass rush with those two farther back from him but the the linemen and running back will have to be adept on their blitz pickups.

The effectiveness of Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher will be of great significance, coming of his knee surgery.

It would be a wise move to sit Urlacher one more week for the Green Bay game but he insists he is ready to go. 

His lateral movement will be tested early against Luck and tight end Fleener. If Urlacher and the defense can get some pressure early and establish a quick lead, the offense will gain confidence and move the ball against an inexperienced Colts secondary.

Furthermore, the Bears' starting defensive tackles have been disappointing in the preseason, they will have to play like they did in the home opener last year against the Falcons to make a big impact.

The Bears should win this game by 14 points barring a meltdown by the defense. Look for Brandon Marshall, Forte and Hester to have big games and the defense to force two or three interceptions.



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