CINCINNATI (10-7) At CHICAGO (10-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE — Bears by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cincinnati 9-7-1; Chicago 7-9-0
SERIES RECORD — Bengals lead 6-3
AP PRO32 RANKING — Bengals No. 9; Bears No. 14
LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Bears 45-10, Oct. 25, 2009
BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (18), PASS (17)
BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (12), PASS (7)
BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (10), PASS (29)
BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (5), RUSH (8), PASS (8)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bengals coming off back-to-back postseason appearances for first time since 1981-82. ... Andy Dalton 19-13 (.594) as starter, highest all-time win percentage by Bengals QB (minimum 20 starts). ... RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for career-high 1,094 yards last season. ... WR A.J. Green had 1,350 yards receiving, making him and Chad Johnson only Bengals receivers with 1,300 in a season. ... Bengals defense set franchise record with 51 sacks — 12½ by DT Geno Atkins and 11½ by DE Michael Johnson. Atkins signed five-year extension through 2018 on Monday. ... Bears hired Marc Trestman as coach to replace fired Lovie Smith after missing postseason for fifth time in six years. ... Rookies Kyle Long (RG) and Jordan Mills (RT) expected to start on right side of offensive line. Last time Bears had two rookies start season opener on offensive line was 1983 with Jim Covert at left tackle and Rob Fada at left guard. Long will be Bears' first rookie to start opener at RG in Super Bowl era. Last to start at RT was Gabe Carimi in 2011. ... If Jonathan Bostic starts at MLB, it'll be first time Bears had three or more rookies in opening day lineup since they had four in 1983 (Covert, Fada, WR Willie Gault, CB Michael Richardson). ... With 5,327 yards rushing, RB Matt Forte needs 349 to pass Rick Casares for third on the franchise list. Has 26 touchdowns rushing, tied for fifth in Bears history with Willie Galimore and Hugh Gallarneau. ... Since entering league in 2002, Julius Peppers second to Minnesota's Jared Allen with 111½ sacks. ... With 85.6-percent conversion rate, Robbie Gould enters season as fourth-most accurate kicker in NFL history. ... With 18 combined return touchdowns (12 punts, five kickoffs, one missed field goal), Devin Hester needs one to tie Deion Sanders.
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