Well, the Bears controlled the game for the most part. Dez Bryant’s stats (Cue Yeti) looked good but he dropped some passes and the game could have been much closer. Instead, the Bears took advantage of the miscues and it paid off as the Bears stay in first place after four games with a record of 3-1. I am sure I will forget a thing or two but feel free to add what I missed in the comments section.
Offense: I thought Matt Forte should have sat out at least one more game before coming back. After his first rush, he limped to the sidelines and I immediately thought he was hurt again. He was taped back up and went out there again. He only had 13 carries but he, along with Bush took some pressure off Cutler and the passing game was able to open up. Brandon Marshall had his best game so far of the season with 138 yards and a touchdown. You know what would be nice though? If Cutler had an actual tight end that he can throw to. Of course Kellen Davis had some catches in this game but he still sucks. I cringe every time the ball is thrown to him because you never know what you are going to get. He can’t block either. Alshon Jeffery needs to learn how to hold onto the ball as well. If his elbow isn’t down when that ball was taken away from him, who knows how this game turns out. With the exception of the fumble, Cutler was on fire. The offensive line played pretty damn good as Cutler was able to have more than two seconds to throw the ball. DeMarcus Ware was double-teamed for most of the game and he was hardly a factor.
Defense: For the second game in a row, the defense scored as many touchdowns as the offense did. That’s great and everything, but the offense cannot rely on this success every game. And what is it with the Bears letting teams score in the final seconds of each half? Romo drove the Cowboys down the field with ease before halftime. Instead of sticking with what has worked all game, the Bears continue to let teams do this and it seems to happen quite a bit. It’s getting annoying. We saw our old friend Kyle Orton drive the Cowboys down for a late touchdown before the game ended. The Cowboys had 430 total yards. Two out of three wins the Bears have had this year, the defense has given up at least 300 yards. This team cannot count on letting teams drive down the field and then, get a deflection somewhere for an interception. It doesn’t always go that way.
I’ll stop being a party pooper now. Interceptions by Tillman and Briggs lead to touchdowns in crucial situations of the game. Since when did Briggs have wheels? Wright had two interceptions and Moore added one as well. Covering receivers really does wonders. Once again, the front four for the defense forced pressure all game. I mentioned last week that Tim Jennings has been the best player on defense so far this season. You can add Henry Melton to that list. Keep it up Hank.
Special Teams: Robbie Gould with two field goals.
Next up are the Jaguars on the road. It’s clobberin’ time.