Chicago Bears v Pittsbugh Steelers

Chris Conte tackles David Johnson during the game on Sunday.(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

This weekend we had some prominent NFL bloggers share their thoughts and make predictions about Week 3 matchups. Mike “Boomer” Burzawa with Bear Goggles On (@BearGogglesOn) and Neal Coolong with Behind The Steel Curtain (@btsteelcurtain) impressed, both making accurate predictions and choosing Chicago over Pittsburgh. While the final score had more points than expected, the outcome was never in question- a Bears victory.

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Final Score:

Bears – 40
Steelers – 23

Boomer’s Prediction:

Bears – 23
Steelers – 19

Coolong’s Prediction:

Bears- 23
Steelers- 13

James Anderson #50 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a tackle for loss in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers September 22, 2013. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

James Anderson #50 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a tackle for loss in the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers September 22, 2013. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Boomer highlighted a Bears defense that has taken the ball away from opponents at a historic rate. Mel Tucker’s defensive unit did not disappoint, forcing five turnovers, creating three sacks, and scoring twice. They pressured Ben Roethlisberger all night and held the Steelers to 80 yards on the ground. While Boomer overestimated the impact of Martellus Bennett (see Sunday’s post), he hit the nail on the head in regards to Brandon Marshall. Marshall finished the game with an underwhelming five receptions for 52 yards. Only three times last season was Marshall held to 52 yards or less.

Coolong predicted another loss for the Steelers as well. He correctly expected Heath Miller to see limited time but contribute in the run game. Miller only played 59% of the Steelers offensive snaps but helped improve the run for the struggling offense. Pittsburgh’s 80 yards rushing was more than the 75 yards they have accumulated in their first two contests combined. Coolong also made note of Bears lineman Julius Peppers, who snatched a fumble and took it back for a score.

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