Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Date and Time: Sunday, 9/14/14 at 8:25pm on NBC
Game Line: San Francisco 49ers -7 (from WagerWeb)
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Sunday NFL Football Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers will make their home debut at the $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium on Sunday night against the Bears who haven’t won a game in the bay area in nearly three decades. The 49ers entered the year with mixed expectations after a tumultuous offseason but quieted their critics with a convincing 28-17 win in Dallas last weekend. Corner Chris Culliver returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown in the opening minute and the 49ers never looked back. They at one point intercepted Tony Romo on three consecutive possessions, finishing with four forced turnovers and three sacks. The 49ers’ defensive play has to be considered even more impressive with tout linebacker Aldon Smith and injured NaVorro Bowman. The Bears are on the verge of opening 0-2 for the first time since 2003 after last Sunday’s embarrassing 23-20 overtime loss to Buffalo. Cutler threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns but also had two picks, the second of which was thrown across his body and directly into the hands of a defensive tackle with the game tied in the fourth quarter. Robbie Gould’s 37 yard field goal tied things up with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Bears’ inability to stop the run ultimately did them in. Chicago, which has scored more than seven points just once over those last seven trips out west, hasn’t won in San Francisco since 1985 when it went on to win the Super Bowl. Another victory could be hard to come by as the Bears are already bitten by the injury bug. Center Roberto Garza and left guard Matt Slauson are out and Brandon Marshall missed practice with an ankle injury while third receiver Josh Morgan was downgraded to doubtful with a groin injury. The Bears have always struggled to stop zone read offenses, including the Buffalo attack last week, which also happens to be what Colin Kaepernick excels at. Combine that with the new stadium, the Bears injuries and the bright lights of Sunday Night Football and this could be a long night for the Chicago Bears.
Sunday NFL Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Free Picks: San Francisco -7 and under 48
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers Game Prediction: 27-14 San Francisco
What to expect in this Week 2 NFL Football match up: The San Francisco defensive front seven will be in Jay Cutler’s face early and often in this game. We are only one game into the season and Chicago has injuries to an already sub par offensive line and beat up receivers which is going to make the hostile environment in San Francisco even more challenging. Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore will both have big games running the football against one of the leagues worst run defenses. They will control the clock and tempo and wear down Chicago defensively. Add in a couple untimely Jay Cutler turnovers and this game will be decided before the fourth quarter even starts.