The Chicago Bears will host the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, which would usually be a tantalizing prospect for Bears fans, given Buffalo’s track record on the road this millenium. However, a recent development gave Bears starter Jay Cutler some pause. Reserve QB Jordan Palmer signed with the Bills this past week, which now leads some, including Cutler, to wonder how much Palmer can tell Buffalo about the Bears offense in advance of the team’s match on September 7th.
“It’s not an ideal situation,” Cutler said Tuesday, per the Chicago Tribune. “It’s not exactly what you’d want. He can give them a few things I’m sure. If he does sign, he’ll be meeting with (Bills defensive coordinator Jim) Schwartz pretty much immediately.”
When asked what specifically Palmer might be able to pass along, Cutler said, “He knows snap counts, some of the stuff we do with some of our checks, what plays we like.”
Of course, Buffalo’s defense will still have plenty to worry about even if they do pick up on a few things. As Cutler noted, “they still have to defend it.”
There will be plenty for Buffalo to defend in Week 1. The team ranked near the bottom of the league against the run last year and Matt Forte is one of the top running backs in the league. If Forte can’t keep the chains moving, Cutler will be more than happy to find receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in the passing game.
The Bills may have a better idea of what the Bears hope to accomplish, but they should still be considered underdogs when they visit Chicago in Week 1.