NFL Week 11: Bears vs. 49ers


Nov 2012

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Chicago Bears (+5) @ San Francisco 49ers (-5) Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 8:30 p.m. ET

After winning six straight games coming into Week 10, the Chicago Bears finally suffered their second loss of the season to arguably the best all-around football team in the NFL, Houston Texans. The battle between two of the league’s elite on the defensive side of the football was as advertised with the Texans barely scraping out the win, 13-6. Although both of these teams have proven to be dominant squads on both sides of the football, offense took a backseat last weekend with neither team being able to score more than one touchdown between them. Fortunately for the Texans, that will almost certainly change in Week 11 taking one of the worst teams in the league in the division rival Jacksonville Jaguars. The same can’t be said for the Bears, though, as they will face off against another dominant defense and formidable offense of the San Francisco 49ers. All season long, the 49ers have lived up to expectations after an impressive run to the NFC Championship game last season in Jim Harbaugh’s first year as head coach in the Bay Area. Harbaugh has preached defense and got the offense clicking with a potent mix of run and pass much like the Bears have with Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. Both of these teams will come into Week 11 as mirror images of one another. Both have lockdown defenses that can win football games along with vastly improved offense with weapons through the air and on the ground. Even though records would be identical if it weren’t for the freak tie San Francisco was involved in last week after failing to put away the division rival St. Louis Rams in overtime. With the tie against the Rams, San Francisco is sporting a record of 6-2-1 while the Bears head into this matchup in the Bay Area with a record of 7-2 on the season. Needless to say, this matchup will be about as even as it gets in Week 11 and it will be played on the main stage of Monday Night Football. Unfortunately for Chicago, the 49ers will come into this game with two clear advantages. First, Jay Cutler’s playing status is up in the air after he sustained a concussion in the loss to the Texans. Second, the Bears will be playing on the road in San Francisco. At this point in time, San Francisco is favored with a -5 point spread. Sounds about right with the uncertainty surrounding Cutler.

Prediction: 49ers -5

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