Posted: 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
By Josh Kirkendall
DALTON VS. CUTLER
A couple of numbers to wet your appetite. Andy Dalton enters his third season in the NFL, having already qualified for consecutive postseason runs. Dalton's 19-13 regular season record is the highest winning percentage (.594) by a Bengals quarterback in franchise history (with a minimum 20 starts) and enters the season after generating a career-best 3,669 yards passing, 27 touchdowns, and an 87.4 passer rating.
Cutler, on the other hand, became the first Bears quarterback in franchise history to generate 3,000 yards passing in three seasons consecutive seasons (2009, 2010, 2012). And in four seasons with Chicago, Cutler ranks first in club history in career passer rating (81.9), completions (1,034), and passing yards (219.5). Sunday will be Cutler's fifth straight Kickoff Weekend start.
RANDOM KICKOFF STUFF
There are five teams in the past ten years with a winning percentage of .600 or better, led by the New England Patriots (126-34, .788).
AGAINST THE BEARS
+ Interested in the Chicago Bears depth chart? Go to our SB Nation Chicago Bears site, Windy City Gridiron.
+ Former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus believes HGH testing of football players should start immediately.
"It is inexcusable to not have HGH testing in place for the 2013 season. If you care about the health and safety of players you should not play without first conducting HGH testing. Guys playing clean in the NFL are getting the short end of the stick. They are being put at risk and penalized for doing things the right way. Most importantly, young players at every level are watching and paying attention. They are waiting for the players to lead."
+ Brandon Marshall said that his doctors told him that his hip was in good shape.
+ Linebacker D.J. Williams, who missed training camp with a strained calf, returned to practice on Monday.
AROUND THE DIVISION
+ Behind the Steel Curtain talks about the Steelers ability to rotate receivers.
+ Former running back Jonathan Dwyer worked out for the New York Giants this week.
+ Dawgs by Nature with a season preview of the Cleveland Browns.
+ Former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff returns to the division in Cleveland for a second stint.
+ Baltimore Beatdown with matchups to look for against the Denver Broncos this Thursday.
+ Defensive tackle Arthur Jones with health issues and an undetermined timeframe to return.