Reports of the demise of the San Francisco 49ers’ defense
appear to be more than slightly exaggerated after the unit
registered four turnovers in an easy season-opening victory
over Dallas. The 49ers face another high-powered offense when
they host the Chicago Bears on Sunday night in the first game
at Levi’s Stadium. “Everyone that’s been talking about our
defense, about how we won’t be as good and what not, I don’t
get caught up in all that,” Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis
While the 49ers picked off three first-half passes en route to
an early knockout of the Cowboys, a pair of interceptions also
proved to be costly for the Bears, leading to 10 points in an
eventual 23-20 overtime defeat to visiting Buffalo. “Obviously
we made mistakes today and we’ve got to clean them up and got
to keep it going,” Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler said after
throwing for 349 yards and a pair of scores. It will mark the
first matchup between the teams since San Francisco drubbed the
visiting Bears 32-7 in November 2012.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: 49ers
-7. O/U: 48.5
LINE HISTORY: After opening at 49ers -7, the line
briefly dropped to -6.5 before moving back to -7 where it
currently sits. The total has opened at 48 and has yet to move.
INJURY REPORT: Bears: WR Brandon
Marshall (Ques-Ankle), G Matt Slauson (Ques-Ankle), WR Ashlon
Jeffery (Ques-Hamstring) 49ers: T
Anthony Davis (Ques-Hamstring), S Jimmie Ward
(Ques-Concussion), CB Chris Culliver (Ques-Concussion)
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Bears (+1.5) + 49ers
(-6.5) + Home Field (-3) = 49ers (-11)
WEATHER REPORT: Currently a zero percent
chance of clouds or rain, but wind could be a factor with gusts
up to nine mph.
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Chicago lost its home
opener for the first time since 2008 and it has not started a
season 0-2 since 2003. The Bears travel to San Francisco Sunday
night on a 0-11 ATS run following a non-conference game. San
Francisco is back home after five straight road games going
back to last regular season. 5-1 ATS in their last 8 against
losing teams.” Covers Expert Matt Fargo
CHEERLEADER WAR: The Bears are one of a few
teams without cheerleaders, but this image should be
ABOUT THE BEARS (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 0-1 O/U):
Chicago has some major injury concerns with starting wide
receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffrey
(hamstring) sitting out practice against Thursday, although
Marshall said: “I’ll be out there Sunday.” The duo each had 71
yards receiving last week following a stellar 2013 campaign in
which Marshall had 100 catches and 12 touchdowns and Jeffrey
added 89 receptions and 1,421 yards receiving. That could force
the Bears to rely even more on running back Matt Forte, who
rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and matched Marshall’s total
of eight catches for 87 yards against the Bills. Chicago’s
defense, a sieve for much of last season, limited Buffalo to 15
first downs but gave up 193 yards on the ground.
ABOUT THE 49ERS (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 0-1 O/U):
Colin Kaepernick, who made his first career start in the
lopsided victory over Chicago two years ago, threw for only 201
yards but tossed a pair of second-quarter scoring passes to
tight end Vernon Davis and guided San Francisco to 7-of-12
efficiency on third-down conversions. Veteran running back
Frank Gore rushed for 66 yards to go over 10,000 yards for his
career while rookie Carlos Hyde made quite an impression in his
NFL debut by chipping in 50 yards and a score on only seven
carries. Willis was among three players to record an
interception and veteran Justin Smith had two sacks to pace a
defense that didn’t allow the Cowboys into the end zone until
the final 30 seconds of the third quarter.
* Bears are 7-20-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
* Under is 7-1 in 49ers last 8 games following a ATS win.
* Over is 12-3 in Bears last 15 road games.
* Home team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 63.35 percent of
Covers users are taking the 49ers -7, with 51 percent
taking over 48.