The San Francisco 49ers made it clear they're moving on to Trey Lance even with the drawn-out process that's seen Jimmy Garappolo's future sit in limbo, while the Chicago Bears hope year two for Justin Fields will show massive growth under new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy and head coach Matt Eberflus.
Let's be honest, we know very little about what Trey Lance will look like as a full-time starter in San Francisco. He has the physical tools to succeed in Kyle Shanahan's offense, but there may be some growing pains early in the season.
Justin Fields is no stranger to growing pains, essentially being handed a complete mess when he came to Chicago, but showed some stability over his last four games in 2021 with an 83.9 passer rating, 4 touchdowns and 3 picks while throwing for over 280 yards in two of those games.
The Niners (12-8 ATS in 2021 including playoffs) went all the way to the NFC championship game mainly because of their ground game though, going under in 60 percent of their total games, and you can expect a similar approach at least to start the year and take some pressure off Lance early. The Niners were also third in total defense last season, while Chicago was 24th in total offense, hitting the under in almost 59 percent of their games.
It's probably smart to expect some sloppy play from both young quarterbacks and lean towards the under to open the season.
49ers at Bears Week 1 Lean: Under 42
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