NFL PREVIEW: INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CHICAGO BEARS
September 5, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT CHICAGO BEARS
COLTS: CHUCK PAGANO makes NFL debut as head coach…Colts have 34 victories on Kickoff Weekend, 2nd-most in AFC…No. 1 overall pick QB ANDREW LUCK finished NCAA career with 31 wins, most ever by Stanford QB…RB DONALD BROWN had career-best in rush yards (645) & rush TDs (5) last year. WR REGGIE WAYNE ranks 2nd in franchise history with 862 catches for 11,708 receiving yards (MARVIN HARRISON, 1,102 rec., 14,580 yards). In 3 games vs. Bears (incl. SB XLI), Wayne has 4 rec. TDs…Rookie TE COBY FLEENER (2nd round, No. 34), native of Lemont, IL, will make NFL debut…LB DWIGHT FREENEY has 102.5 career sacks, 3rd-most among active players (JOHN ABRAHAM, 112; JARED ALLEN, 105). Has 2 sacks in past 2 reg-season games vs. Bears. DE ROBERT MATHIS has 9.5+ sacks in 4 consec seasons (11.5 in ’08; 9.5 in ’09; 11 in ’10; 9.5 in ’11)…CB VONTAE DAVIS will make Colts debut after 3 years in Mia. Davis attended Illinois…BEARS: Head coach LOVIE SMITH has 74 wins (incl. playoffs), 3rd most in team history behind HOFers GEORGE HALAS & MIKE DITKA…In past 2 Week 1 starts, QB JAY CUTLER has completed 45 of 67 (67.2 pct.) for 684 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.1 rating. Incl. playoffs, when Cutler has 100+ rating, his teams are 24-0…RB MATT FORTÉ is only player in NFL history with 900+ rush & 400+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Is only player with 900+ rush yards & 50+ catches in each of past 4 seasons…WR BRANDON MARSHALL makes Chi. debut. Has 3 100-catch seasons & can become 4th player in NFL history with 4 100-catch seasons. Had 102 catches for career-best 1,325 yards in 2007 & career-high 104 catches for 1,265 yards in 2008, both with QB Culter in Den. Aims for 6th consec 1,000-yard season. WR-KR-PR DEVIN HESTER holds NFL record for most PR-TDs (12) & combined KR-TDs (17). Incl. playoffs, has 19 career total return TDs (12 PR, 6 KR, missed FG), tied with HOFer DEION SANDERS for most in NFL history…DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 100 sacks since entering NFL in 2002, tied for 3rd most. CB CHARLES TILLMAN has 28 FFs since 2003, most by NFL DB. Earned 1st Pro Bowl berth last year.