I am glad the Bears won just like any other fan. They beat a team they were suppose to beat and while it was a bit ugly on the offensive side, I saw some good things. The Bears guarantee themselves another week on top of the division. This game was all about turnovers and stupid penalties on both teams. By penalties, let’s just say that the Rams would do something stupid and the Bears tried to do them one better. We’ll get to that and much more below.
Offense: I thought the play-calling was a bit better by Tice this week. I still felt that they should have ran the ball some more in this game but they did just enough to score points. Michael Bush had a good game and was able to score a touchdown. Cutler made some terrible throws in this game. He was only sacked twice and he did have some plays where he had time to throw but damn. He was picked off once and was nearly picked off at least two more times. That being said, the receivers like Marshall and Jeffery dropped some easy passes. So about those penalties, some false start penalties hurt the Bears. The Rams had a roughing the kicker that lead to the Bears scoring first. Then, there was a roughing the passer penalty by the Rams that lead to the Bears first touchdown to make 10-0. Point being, thanks to the stupidity of the Rams, the Bears were able to cash in.
Defense: They played really well in this game. There was the last drive before halftime that pissed me off because that’s usually what they do. It’s the garbage “prevent” defense that in reality, prevents the Bears from stopping the other team. I had a feeling that Bradford was going to figure things out in the second half but they decided to go for it on fourth down at the start of the half only to fail. What sucked is that the Bears should have been up much more in this game as it was only 10-6 heading to the last quarter. But the Bears front four forced a lot of pressure on Bradford resulting in six sacks. I must say that one guy who needs to be recognized for his play is Amobi Okoye. He had three tackles, a sack and could have had at least one or two more. Israel Idonije was awesome in this game as well. A shout out goes to Tim Jennings. He had another stellar game. Along with his interception was a deflection by him that turned into the Major Wright interception return for a touchdown. You see what happens when the secondary covers receivers?
Getting back to stupid penalties, Julius Peppers made one that could have fucked the Bears in the second half. The Bears made a stop on third down to get the ball back and Peppers pushed Stephen Jackson during a scuffle and gave the Rams a new set of downs. Luckily, the made the stop and got the ball back. Play a better team and you probably pay for that decision.
Special Teams: I thought Hester had a couple nice returns and was a broken tackle or two away from taking one all the way back. But just to tell you how he affects field position, the punter for the Rams kicked the ball out of bounds for most of his punts and with the others, he still tried to pin him into the corner. Eventually, Hester will be able to capitalize off of them. Robbie Gould nailed three field goals including one from 54 yards. Good work.
Next up are the Cowboys on Monday night. It’s a must-win.