Bears-Broncos prediction

Posted Dec. 11, 2011 @ 12:08 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

PFW associate editor Dan Parr makes his prediction for the outcome of Sunday's game between the Bears and Broncos.

With Jay Cutler and Matt Forté sidelined by injuries and the offensive line seemingly moving in reverse, the Bears appear as beatable as ever.

They might be catching the right opponent at the right time, though. The Broncos are 6-1 since Tim Tebow took over as the starter under center, but Denver has been held to 18 points or fewer in five of those seven games.

Chicago's defense is going to have to be stingy — and probably force at least one turnover (it might want to throw in a defensive touchdown to be on the safe side) — for the Bears to have a chance. The Bears' "D" will play fast and physical, and provide plenty of support for their beleaguered offense.

Caleb Hanie has yet to prove he can lead the Bears to a win, but it's really on RBs Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell and the O-line to dominate at the line of scrimmage and carry the offense. The Broncos have won six of their last seven games by emphasizing the running game and taking pressure off the quarterback to make plays with his arm. Sounds like a plan that could work for the Bears Sunday.

Prediction: Bears 16, Broncos 10

Season record: 10-2

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