Finally the time has come! The Chicago Bears will return to the gridiron for the 2014 season with high hopes and a lot of anticipation for what could be a special season.
Last year, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery established themselves as one of - if not the - top tandem of receivers in the NFL. Adding former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes to the mix during the preseason gives quarterback Jay Cutler plenty of weapons outside. Throw in tight end Martellus Bennett, and Cutler could put together the biggest passing season in franchise history in 2014.
Helping set the table for the passing game - and personally contributing a significant amount himself - will be running back Matt Forte, Considered one of the top fantasy backs in the league, Forte was among the league leaders in total yards from scrimmage last year.
The defense received an injection of skill via free agency this year. Jared Allen, one of the top pass rushers in the game, moves from rival Minnesota to Chicago and will line up with Lamarr Houston. Rookie defensive tackles Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson will look to make an impact up front as part of the Bears' improved depth on the defensive line.
In the secondary, Charles "Peanut" Tillman and Tim Jennings return from Pro Bowl seasons, and will be joined by the team's first round draft pick, Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech. In a division that features some of the best offensive talent in the league, this group will be tested early and often this season.
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