Gridiron Gab Week One Preview: Indianapolis at Chicago

Andrew Luck will get his first taste of regular season NFL action Sunday, as the Colts travel to Chicago to take on Jay Cutler and the Bears in a AFC-NFC matchup.

“I know that if I woke up every morning trying to compare myself to Peyton (Manning), I think I would go crazy. It’s impossible,” Luck told the Colts’ official website.

Luck will have plenty of pressure, and the Bears will be waiting for him with open arms. The first overall pick did look good in the preseason, but you can bet Chicago will give him plenty of looks in his first pro game.

The QB will have to be careful, as Chicago will look to pressure him with their front line, and force turnovers to give Cutler and RB Matt Forte short fields.

Indy will need to test Chicago’s secondary deep, and that means the Colts O-line needs to give Luck time. If the Bears pass rush gets to Luck, it’s going to be a long day.

For the Bears offense, it’s the debut of Cutler and new WR Brandon Marshall, who gives Chicago a legit #1 WR they have not had in a long time. Look for the two to try and team up and make it a memorable debut.

The Colts D is young, and they are going to have issues with Cutler and Forte, who can be an explosive back out of the backfield catching passes.

“We’ve got some guys that can play football on the outside. There’s no doubt about that,” Cutler added. “Hopefully, it’s going to make my job easier just being able to get them the ball and let them work.”

One thing that the Colts need to do is try to get to Cutler, making him feel the heat. Chicago was tied for 27th in the league with 49 sacks allowed last season, a total Mike Tice knows needs to come down.

At the end of the day, the Bears have too much firepower on offense, and while Luck may shine, the rest of the Colts won’t, and the Bears will get an opening day win with a big day from Cutler and co. to boot.

Chicago 26 Indianapolis 17

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