Found September 05, 2013 on
The Sports Bank:
The NFL season is just minutes away from beginning and ESPN’s 35 NFL pundits predicted the eight divisional winners, AFC and NFC wild cards, Super Bowl matchup, Super Bowl XLVIII champion and NFL MVP for 2013. Mike Ditka predicted the Chicago Bears to go all the way.
(I’m sure, cough, cough, there’s NO BIAS at work there. None whatsoever). Of the 35 pundits, Mike Ditka was the only one to predict the Bears in the Super Bowl. Five analysts picked them to win the NFC North division. Two more said the Bears would be the Wild Card. There 7/35, or just 20% of the NFL talking heads believe the Bears are postseason bound.
Of the predictions, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are favorites to be crowned Super Bowl champion with eight votes each, followed closely by Atlanta (seven) and San Francisco (four).
New England is heavily favored to win the AFC East with Ron Jaworski the lone ESPN analyst to not pick the Patriots (picked the Miami Dolphins). Other popular division champion pic...
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Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman didn't want to touch the question. However, it's only common sense in a league where every advantage counts, not watching the HBO series 'Hard Knocks' who chronicles the Cincinnati Bengals training camp, the Bears season opener opponent wouldn't be doing due diligence.
According to Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com, the Chicago Bears list zero players on their Friday injury report.
The team is the only one of the 32 clubs not to report any injuries this week.
Mike Wilkening of Proofootballtalk.com writes:
'The Bears’ Week One opponent, Cincinnati, lists eight players on its injury report, with starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth ...
Here are the Week One power rankings from various sites around the web:
ESPN: #14 (Last year: #13)
Analysis, “New offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman has work to do. The Bears’ offense has finished above the bottom 10 in total yards once in the past 11 years.”
NFL.com: #12 (Last year: #13)
Analysis, “Sketchy details are just now coming in about some Bears fans picketing...
Kristin Cavallari – wife of Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler – claims she was taken into custody by Chicago police this morning. The “crime?” Having a driver’s license from the incorrect state. In order to be freed, Kristin Cavallari had to post bail.
Kristin Cavallari tweeted today: “Who knew having a California driver’s license in Illinois was a CRIME to be escorted to...
The 2013 Chicago Bears' defense is still a very good unit. There's no way around that fact. However, the middle of the Bears' defense will look a whole lot different this season without recently retired Brian Urlacher.
Nine-year veteran D.J. Williams was signed this off-season to take Urlacher's place at middle linebacker. Williams returned to practice this week...
As the 2013 NFL season kicks off the Chicago Bears welcome the Cincinnati Bengals to Soldier Field for what should be one of the best games of the opening weekend.The Bengals enter the season with lofty expectations in the AFC as the Bears come in with questions surrounding their team.The Bears fired Lovie Smith after finishing 10-6, but missing the playoffs. New head coach Marc...
The Chicago Bears have signed tight end Kyle Adams and waived offensive tackle Jonathan Scott.
I totally understand why ESPN and now FOX Sports 1 want to have athletes on as studio analysts. People still remember these players from their playing days and will want to tune in to see their favorite former superstars talk about the game since they can't see them play it anymore.
They need to stop it. Too many of these guys just aren't any good at it.
Maybe you think the Danica Patrick coverage on this site is excessive. To that I say, she is our “home team” NASCAR racer. Danica hails from Northern Illinois, and this site is based in Chicago. She is an Illinois woman. And this website puts Illinois first.
Besides unless Danica really does something newsworthy. Or something really newsworthy happens with Danica, you usually...
Bears coach Marc Trestman says it’s possible both Jon Bostic and D.J. Williams will get reps at middle linebacker with the first team in Sunday’s regular season opener against the Bengals.
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, the lead announce team will call Sunday’s season opener between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Chicago Bears. As CBS is the AFC carrier, they don’t get to see the Bears very often. But that could change this year:
“I’m just delighted that we’re going to be in Chicago. Our group did not get a Bears game last year, and I think they’ll...
(Eds: Updates with player quotes.) By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer Marc Trestman wasn't about to wax poetic.
He makes his debut as an NFL coach when the Chicago Bears host the Cincinnati Bengals, and to say he's come a long way is no exaggeration.
After years as an assistant in the league and on the college level before heading to the CFL, Trestman finally has his opportunity...
Matt Forte knows he's on the verge of his best season as a pro. Plus Lance Briggs discusses the return of D.J. Williams, Jermon Bushrod talks about the new O-line and much more.