The Pittsburgh offense is at a low point even with the possible return of tight end Heath Miller from knee surgery and an upgrade at running back with more touches for Felix Jones. The Bears’ defense has not hit anything close to its stride of the past several seasons and won't without dominating a bad Steelers offensive line. It should.
Jay Cutler has only once in his career strung together three consecutive games with passer ratings of 90-plus. He does not typically play well at night, with a 2-5 record against teams that reached that season’s playoffs. But he also is 6-3 against also-rans, which the Steelers are on the brink of becoming.
The Bears have turned the ball over six times in two games and still won both. If they give the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger short fields and extra possessions, game over.
But coach Marc Trestman, coordinator Aaron Kromer and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh have drilled into Cutler the concept of ball security and percentage positive plays. The Bears will make enough of those and not enough of the other kind to let the Steelers slip by them.
Two good defenses will not let either side run away, though if this game gets lopsided, figure that to be in the Bears’ favor.
Bears 17, Steelers 14