by Inside the Redzone staff – Bill Seng
This is another great match-up of hopeful contenders. It’ll be interesting to see if the Falcons go 3 or 4-wide most of the game or if they start conservative versus a conservative offensive team.
Bears Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
Matt Forte is another featured running back trying to get a fat contract extension. The first week of the season, sees him getting most of the work, including at the goal line. When healthy, Forte, is an effective running back, capable of fast starts. He had over 200 total yards and 2 touchdowns against the Lions last year and had 123-yards and a touchdown in the 2008 opener against the Colts. Forte is most of the Bears offense again today, catching a touchdown and rushing for one. Cutler also finds much maligned Roy Williams for a score over the shorter Falcons defensive backs.
Falcons Projected Passing, Receiving, and Rushing Touchdowns
The Bears are relatively healthy on defense, but there is an air of discontent. Lance Briggs wants a fat contract. Does that hurt or distract? Not against the run. The Bears are going to be stout against the suddenly, slower Michael Turner. Last year, Turner scored 4-touchdowns on grass (3 were against Carolina). We project Turner to be shut out today, as the Falcons try to work in multiple receiver options. Matt Ryan, starts off well for fantasy owners, putting up around 275-passing yards and two touchdowns. One goes to rookie Julio Jones and the other goes to Cover 2 buster, Tony Gonzalez. Roddy White will get yards, but not a touchdown.