Week 1: Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears [Game Dicussion Thread]

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 6 years ago '04        #1
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killadre 229 heat pts229
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Week 1: Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears [Game Dicussion Thread]
 

 

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Sunday
September 11th
1:00 PM est


The Chicago Bears ' 2010 season ended with a discussion about the legitimacy of Jay Cutler 's knee injury.

With two of their best players unhappy with their current contracts, off-the-field distractions continue to dominate the headlines as the team gets set to open 2011.

Disgruntled running back Matt Forte and unhappy Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs are both expected to suit up when the Bears host the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Adding a new frustration, running back Marion Barber, Forte's backup, will miss Sunday's opener with a calf injury, according to the Chicago Tribune, which cited a league source. Barber suffered the injury in the Aug. 27 preseason game against the Tennessee Titans and hasn't practiced since.

Kahlil Bell ,who didn't carry the ball at all last season, is expected to move into the backup role against the Falcons.

After winning the North and defeating Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs, Chicago (11-5) fell 21-14 to Green Bay in the conference title game. Cutler left in the third quarter after suffering a sprained left knee ligament, and several current and former players questioned how badly he was hurt.

Cutler, sacked an NFL-high 52 times in 2010, was taken aback when his toughness was questioned. He's now healthy and enters his third season in Chicago looking to quiet critics and lead Chicago back to the postseason.

Having Forte in the backfield should help. He had 1,616 yards from scrimmage last season and ranks seventh all-time in franchise history with 3,236 rushing yards.

Forte was hoping to sign a long-term deal prior to the start of the season, but general manager Jerry Angelo announced Wednesday that the sides couldn't come to an agreement.

"I'm disappointed (and) kind of frustrated that didn't get done," Forte told the Bears' official website. "As a player, you're taught that this league is based off production and you expect for a team to notice that and to get paid based off your production.

"I was expecting to get paid just like some of the other backs who produced similar to me. That didn't happen, so obviously I've got to continue to play under my regular contract."

Briggs' request for a raise was denied. He has three years left on a six-year, $36 million deal.

"The Bears made their decision, now I have to make mine," Briggs, whose agent has filed a formal request to seek a trade, told the Chicago Tribune. "It's just how the business works. It's not going to take away from what I do on the field. I'm 100 percent a Bear, until I'm not a Bear anymore."

Not having to worry about Briggs should make things easier on Matt Ryan ,who is coming off the most productive season of his career. Ryan threw for career highs of 3,705 yards and 28 touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a conference-best 13-3 record.

Despite the stellar regular season, Atlanta was routed 48-21 by the Packers in the divisional round.

"I understand how the NFL works, and how the fans work too," said Ryan, who is still seeking his first postseason win. "You are judged by what you do in January. You have to embrace that. Hopefully, we'll fully have another opportunity to change that perception."

The Falcons have Roddy White ,who caught an NFL-high 115 passes last season, and they moved up 21 spots in the draft to add speedy receiver Julio Jones with the sixth pick.

Atlanta ranked next-to-last in passing plays of at least 20 yards in 2010 -- an area that could improve dramatically with Jones joining White.

"You can't get complacent with (the expectations)," Jones told the Falcons' official website. "We're here as a team and we're going to play as a team. It's good to get hype -- but at the same time, I'm just a team player and I want to benefit the team."

An improved passing attack could mean a lighter workload for Michael Turner ,who piled up 1,371 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns last season.

"Atlanta (has an) experienced offense, experienced defense," Cutler said. "They added some guys in the offseason to make them even better so we've got our hands full ... they're experienced and they play well."

Atlanta has lost five straight in Chicago, with its most recent visit to Soldier Field coming in 2005. The teams last met Oct. 18, 2009, when the Falcons won 21-14 despite 300 yards and two touchdowns from Cutler.

Copyright 2011 by The a.ssociated Press

532 comments for "Week 1: Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears [Game Dicussion Thread]"

 6 years ago '04        #2
killadre 229 heat pts229 OP
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Bears 30
Falcons 24


Just notice I forgot the S (mod plz fix)
 6 years ago '04        #3
ATLDOPEBOI30 73 heat pts73
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falcons by 14
 6 years ago '11        #4
pbballin 20 heat pts20
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34-24 Falcons
 6 years ago '10        #5
JETSoverERTHING 171 heat pts171
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31-24 falcons...




legggggggg gooooooooo





lets get these avy bets goin, im down.
 6 years ago '07        #6
Kinglew88 13 heat pts13
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We bout to destroy the bears

We win by 14+
 09-09-2011, 01:03 PM         #7
Animosity 
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Bears by 10.
 6 years ago '09        #8
gGgM35 10 heat pts10
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Should be a good game and no more than a 10 point victory either way.....of course I'm gonna say the bears win though.
 6 years ago '09        #9
CutKidd21 7 heat pts
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 Dat n*gga87 said:
Bears 30
Falcons 24


Just notice I forgot the S (mod plz fix)
You really think your offense is putting up 30 on anyone?

 6 years ago '09        #10
CutKidd21 7 heat pts
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 6 years ago '09        #11
CutKidd21 7 heat pts
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 L-E-Dub bi*ch said:
We bout to destroy the bears

We win by 14+

 JETSoverERTHING said:
31-24 falcons...

legggggggg gooooooooo

lets get these avy bets goin, im down.
 ATLDOPEBOI18 said:
falcons by 14
 pbballin said:
34-24 Falcons





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 6 years ago '04        #12
CeejayT 
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34-10 Falcons
 6 years ago '04        #13
kingofdasouf 3 heat pts
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27-16 Falcons
 6 years ago '11        #14
wjcorner 3 heat pts
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Bears are gonna be hungry for a win, we've pulled out 2 close ones...but I think the Falcons pull it out...should cover the spread, I think we got the 3-point spread? I can see a 24-21 victory...should be a good, ugly, grind it out game, Falcon style
 6 years ago '07        #15
sonof504 3 heat pts
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Bears 58
Falcons 24

Should be a good game.
 6 years ago '05        #16
Chuck_Remixed 255 heat pts255
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 sonof504 said:
Bears 58
Falcons 24

Should be a good game.


Bears 30
Falcons 24

Hester scores twice.
 09-09-2011, 03:46 PM         #17
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 sonof504 said:
Bears 58
Falcons 24

Should be a good game.
Has is your prediction indicating a good game? Im a Bears fan, but thats a blow out. This game will not be a blow out on either side. I say Bears take it 27-21. Bears O-line has looked good in the preseason, thats a great sign for Cutler, who got murdered all year last year. Also good sign for forte, who was getting meet as soon as he touched the ball. The addition of Roy Williams is going to benefit the Bears greatly. Yes Roy has not done jack lately on other teams but he does have the ability and size to be dominate WR and is a def. no. 1 in Chicago compared to the other WRs the Bears have. He will open up a lot of opportunities for Hester, Knox, and etc.
 6 years ago '04        #18
CeejayT 
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 sonof504 said:
Bears 58
Falcons 24

Should be a good game.
The Bears score 58 pts?
If that happens I'll be
 09-09-2011, 03:50 PM         #19
Ca$h Out 
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Falcons 45
Bears 17

Would be the dope if the bears and jay c*ntler can start off the season with a L.
 6 years ago '05        #20
Chuck_Remixed 255 heat pts255
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 cascade3488 said:
is a def. no. 1 in Chicago compared to the other WRs the Bears have. He will open up a lot of opportunities for Hester, Knox, and etc.
I can't even really say that
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