The Chicago Bears haven’t met the Atlanta Falcons since 2011, so there’s no worry about familiarity breeding contempt in this one. No, that contempt is built right into today’s Bears / Falcons game, as it marks the first time Falcons wideout and special-teams guru Devin Hester will face his former team.
Each team’s statistics through five weeks implies this game is all about the quarterbacks. The 2-3 Bears have stood proud behind Jay Cutler’s 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns, while the 2-3 Falcons have flown behind Matt Ryan’s 1,579 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Bears QB Cutler had a tough time in last Sunday’s 24-31 loss to the Panthers. Though he completed 28 of 36 passes for 289 yards, his two touchdowns were tarnished by three turnovers, one a killer interception late in the fourth quarter.
Falcons QB Ryan had a rough go of it too last week, completing 29-of-45 for 316 yards and one TD before running out of steam in the Falcons’ 20-30 loss to the New York Giants.
Yet the big story as you watch the Bears Falcons game live is Devin Hester’s first game against his former team, the Bears. Hester three weeks ago passed Deion Sanders for the NFL record for return touchdowns (20). In that same 56-14 win over the Buccaneers he scored his first career rushing touchdown and recovered a fumble.
Hester admitted to not being happy in Chicago for the past three to four seasons, which coincides with Cutler’s time with the Bears. So while this isn’t exactly a revenge game, Hester’s bound to have some extra motivation at home in the Georgia Dome against Chicago. Look for Atlanta receiver Julio Jones to defer to Hester more than usual as he continues to nurse an ankle injury.
Here’s some vital information if you want to watch Bears vs Falcons live online free stream in their Week 6 game today:
- Kickoff for Today’s Packers vs Dolphins game: 4:25 EST / 1:25 PST
- Venue: Georgia Dome (Atlanta Falcons are the home team)
- Who’s favored / point spread before you watch the Bears vs Falcons game: the Atlanta Falcons are a 3-point favorite
- Live stream the Bears / Falcons game on FOX Sports here
- Watch live free online on the DirecTV website here (requires an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription with MAX package)