Well, it is finally here! The Chicago Bears begin their 2022 campaign. All the talk is over and now we finally get to see what the team looks like once the real games begin. In Week 1, the Bears host the San Francisco 49ers. They faced each other at Soldier Field last year. It was a close game until the Niners pulled away late.
Bears vs. 49ers Game Information:
- When: Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. ET
- Where: Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.
- TV: Fox
- Radio: KNBR 680
- Stream: FuboTV (try it for free)
Justin Fields had a rocky rookie season, but considering he was under the care of Matt Nagy, it was to be expected. Now, Fields gets a fresh start in Luke Getsy’s new scheme, where we’ll get to see a lot more of Fields on the move and a downfield passing attack with his deep-ball accuracy. He’ll also benefit from a strong run game with David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert. Fields had an impressive preseason performance where he showed poise, accuracy and decisiveness. Last year against the 49ers, Fields had a flashy 22-yard touchdown run. Now, Fields will be looking to string together several impressive plays to help give his team a chance to pull off the upset.
San Francisco 49ers
Honestly, who knows?! “How good is Trey Lance?” is the single biggest question for the San Francisco 49ers this season. There’s not a big enough sample size for Lance in college or as a pro, so a lot of what we do with him right now is projection. He’s big, fast, strong-armed and very smart, and he’s playing for perhaps the brightest offensive mind in football in head coach Kyle Shanahan. There’s a chance he’s not very good, but all signs point to him being at least competent. For now though it’s just a guess.
Bears vs. 49ers Game Prediction:
Expect the Chicago Bears to play smarter than in years past. They’ll also have tons of energy. In the end, it will be the offensive wizardry of Kyle Shanahan and a stacked defense that carries San Francisco to a narrow win. The Bears’ defense will struggle to stop the run, and Lance makes enough throws to get by. Justin Fields will do the best he can, but constant pressure won’t allow him to do more than scramble or settle for short, quick passes. Still, there will be signs this team won’t be a pushover as many expect.
Pick: Bears 20, 49ers 23