Bengals-Bears Key Ring
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati TE
The rookie first-round pick will make his NFL debut today on his 23rd birthday and should be a key target for quarterback Andy Dalton in the red zone.
Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati LB
Burfict has taken over the responsibility of making the defensive calls in just his second year, and as part of both the base and nickel packages he isn’t likely to get many plays off.
Geno Atkins, Cincinnati DT
The Bengals’ new $55 million man beats veterans on a routine basis, so he could have a huge game going against Chicago rookie right guard Kyle Long.
Jon Bostic, Chicago LB
The Bears signed former Denver middle linebacker D.J. Williams as a free agent, but the rookie Bostic is the heir apparent to Brian Urlacher and could make the start today, which would make him the team’s first rookie middle linebacker to start an opener in the Super Bowl era.
Charles Tillman, Chicago CB
Ranked second in the NFL in interception returns for touchdowns, Tillman will be part of a Pro Bowl pairing against Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green.
Devin Hester, Chicago PR/KR/WR
An ultimate wild card who can change the game every time he touches the ball, Hester is one shy of Deion Sanders’ NFL record of 19 return touchdowns.