Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Matchup Preview (9/19/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Matchup Preview (9/19/21)
The Cincinnati Bengals travel a relatively short distance to Soldier Field in Chicago to take on the Bears. Cincinnati won a huge home game in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1 by a score of 27-24. The Bengals were home underdogs, so not many people expected them to come out of the game with a win. However, Joe Burrow and company put up enough points to outscore a usually high-octane offense. On the other side, the Bears dropped a road game against the Los Angeles Rams. While they got handled by the Rams, it isn’t far-fetched that most other teams will also get handled. The addition of Matthew Stafford to that squad has transformed their offense and, when combined with their elite defense, could make a Super Bowl team. This Week 2 bout will be decided by how efficient Chicago’s offense can be against a bottom ten defensive unit. The Bears have enough weapons now in Montgomery, Mooney, and Robinson to put points on the board, but we have not seen that efficiency yet.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Odds
The Chicago Bears are the slightly better team, which should be exemplified at home in Soldier Field. This game should end with both teams scoring in the twenties, but a last-second drive and subsequent field goal kick will put the Bears on top in the final seconds. The Bears have a toughrunner in Montgomery, who scrapped for every yard against the Rams. Cincinnati’s defensive line will struggle significantly against Montgomery, which should open up the passing game for Dalton to perform better than last week. Dalton should find Robinson and Mooney more this week than he did in Week 1, giving those playmakers a chance to carve up the Bengals’ defense. Burrow should play well for Cincinnati and have several passing touchdowns, but Mixon may struggle with the Bears’ defensive line, especially considering the state of Cincinnati’s offensive line. This won’t be a high-scoring game, and therefore, every point matters. Chicago will squeak out a win.
My Predictions: Chicago Bears win 24-21, Cincinnati Bengals cover +3.5
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Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, IL
TV Coverage: FOX
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Cincinnati Bengals: DE Joseph Ossai (Knee) Out For Season, DE Wyatt Hubert (Pectoral) Out For Season, CB Trae Waynes (Hamstring) Out
Chicago Bears: RB Tarik Cohen (ACL) Out For Season, DL Eddie Goldman (Ankle) Questionable, OT Jason Peters (Quad) Questionable, OT Larry Borum (Ankle) Doubtful
Cincinnati Bengals Analysis
Cincinnati fans are used to the Bengals blowing close games at the very end in recent years; however, that was not the case as they won against the Minnesota Vikings late in overtime. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in Cincinnati. They have excellent talent at their skill positions, and Burrow seems to be their quarterback of the future. Between Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins, Joe Burrow should have plenty of offensive weapons to put points on the board. The biggest concern that the Bengals will have to address is their offensive line. Their O-Line ranks in the bottom ten in the NFL, and for Burrow to hit his ceiling in the future, he will need more protection.
On the other side of the ball, things look a bit less optimistic. The Bengals have a bottom-five defensive unit despite the additions of Trey Hendrickson and Mike Hilton. If there are any positive takeaways from Week 1, the Bengals held the Vikings to merely 24 points. This is pretty good considering the weapons that Minnesota has at its disposal. While it could just be a lackluster first-week effort from the Vikings, this proves that Cincinnati can be a competitive team in most games in this league.
Cincinnati Bengals Depth Chart
Chicago Bears Analysis
The most significant question mark surrounding the Bears before the season started was how their offense would fare with Dalton at the helm. Despite only putting up 14 points against the Rams, they still had some good movement. At times, they were picking up multiple first-downs against a top-three defense in the NFL. The Bears even found a way to utilize their 2021 first-round pick, Justin Fields, who scored his first touchdown in the NFL. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton threw for 206 yards and one touchdown against a stifling Rams defense. Chicago did excite fans with its running game, though. David Montgomery posted 108 yards on only 16 carries. Montgomery shined bright, and if he continues to do so, the Bears’ offense will undoubtedly be passable.
Defensively, the Bears did not play too well. They gave up 34 points, albeit to a dynamic offense that will torture opposing defenses all year. Depth is a concern for the Bears on the defensive end. Roquan Smith, Jaylon Johnson, and Khalil Mack are three huge names on that side of the ball, but it drops off after them. Still, I like the Bears against the Bengals this week for a few reasons. For one, they are at home, which is a huge advantage. The second reason is they got the worst out of the way; playing against the Rams in Week 1 will make Week 2 against the Bengals feel that much easier. It will still be close, but the Bears should edge them out.
Chicago Bears Depth Chart
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Chicago Bears Daily Fantasy Picks
David Montgomery is an excellent pick here. Montgomery ran for 108 yards on only 16 rushing attempts and one touchdown against a very challenging Rams defense. This week, he faces one of the weakest defenses he will face all year. He should carry the ball over 20 times, and 120+ yards is not out of the question. While Montgomery doesn’t get many targets in the passing game (just one reception for ten yards last week), he could very well punch the ball into the endzone once or twice in this game.
Ja’Marr Chase was the clear favorite for Joe Burrow in Week 1, and this will probably continue against the Bears. Chicago’s secondary is comparable to the Vikings, so it should be a similar story this week. If Chase can get 8-10 targets, then he should have a very productive day, especially since Mixon will probably struggle on the ground.