Bears running back David Montgomery carries the ball during the season opener against the Packers Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Bears running back David Montgomery carries the ball during the season opener against the Packers Thursday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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It's pick time! Will the Bears bounce back in Denver from their miserable Week 1 loss to the Green Bay Packers?

Hub Arkush, PFW:

It's awfully hard to keep the faith after the Bears messed the bed in their home opener, but reality is the offense isn't that bad and the defense is that good. We'll worry about why the Bears stunk so bad with the ball later. Most eyes will be on Nagy and Fangio early, but what matters is the Bears are clearly the more talented group, and while the Broncos were known for their 'D' before Vic got there, he doesn't have the horses they've had in recent years. Yes, Fangio knows Mitch, but he doesn't know David Montgomery or Cordarrelle Patterson, and Bears fans hope that will be the key. Bears 23 - Broncos 13

Arthur Arkush, PFW:

Must-win? No, but must appear competent on offense? That’s bare minimum after the Bears’ Week 1 national embarrassment. With seemingly obvious untapped methods for Matt Nagy to better protect his vulnerable quarterback, I expect just that. It starts with utilizing more of his rookie runner, like Oakland did to upset Denver Monday night. And while the Broncos’ 13-game home win streak in September is troublesome, here’s a safer bet: a Bears defense that already appears to be in midseason form and understands how small its margin for error currently is will harass Joe Flacco and notch its first couple takeaways en route to win No. 1. Bears 23, Broncos 17

Sean Hammond, PFW:

There's only one way for the Bears offense to go after the Week 1 performance: Up. There has to be a few touchdowns coming, right? Both these teams are trying to rebound from lackluster performances and the Bears defense showed once again that it is one of the best, if not the best, in the league. I'm looking for the Bears defense to flex its muscles against a Broncos offense that scuffled until late in the fourth quarter Monday against the Raiders. Bears 17, Broncos 13

Barry Rozner, Daily Herald

If the Bears play defense the way they did a week ago, this game shouldn’t be that tough, provided the Bears’ offense doesn’t give away the football and give a terrible Denver offense great field position. Vic Fangio will be in Mitch Trubisky’s head all day, but you would think the Bears will play it safe and run the football more than they did last week. By Sunday night, Trubisky and Matt Nagy will be piling up Hall of Fame votes again. Bears 20, Broncos 6

Joe Aguilar, Daily Herald

Mitch Trubisky and Matt Nagy will bounce back. Right? Right? It can't get any worse than the opener, when Trubisky looked like Jonathan Quinn. Nagy is going to show confidence in Eddy Pineiro, who might have a 60-yarder in his leg kicking in Mile High's thin air. We can trust the defense to cause all kinds of problems for slow-footed Joe Flacco and, unlike vs. Green Bay, get a turnover. Bears 24, Broncos 6

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