Schedule Analysis Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals At Chicago Bears

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In the coming weeks we're going to analyze each game on the Bengals 2013 schedule. Today, it's the team's Week 1 game in the Windy City.

Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears

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Time: 1 p.m. ET

Location: Soldier Field; Chicago, Illinois

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Bears 2012 record: 10-6

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Bears: 29th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Bears: 10th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Bears: 28th

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Bears: 8th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Bears: 8th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Bears: 5th

Head-To-Head Record:

6-3 Bengals (4-1 in Chicago)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Bears: LB D.J. Williams, OT Jermon Bushrod, LB James Anderson, TE Martellus Bennett

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Bears: G Kyle Long, LB Jonathan Bostic, LB Khaseem Greene

Overview:

The Bengals and the Bears both had solid seasons in 2012, but the Bears were shut out of the playoffs while the Bengals earned a wildcard spot for the second year in a row. They were, however, knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the Texans. The last time the Bengals and Bears faced each other it was in Paul Brown Stadium and former Bengals and Bears back Cedric Benson led Cincinnati to a 45-10 win.

The Bengals are looking to head back to the playoffs for the third season in a row and starting the season off with a big road win would go a long way to make that happen. The Bears, under new head coach Marc Trestman, are looking to set the tone with a new offense and are hoping to get back into the playoffs and opening up the schedule with a home win against a playoff team would be a good way to start the season.

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