Many of the so-called “experts” had the Bears running away with this one. At halftime, it didn’t seem that way. In fact, before halftime, it looked like the Jaguars were about to take the lead until the defense forced a turnover. When the second half started, the offense for the Jaguars didn’t see the field much and the Bears dominated. They stay in a tie for first place with the Vikings at 4-1.
Offense: Cutler threw an interception on his first throw. Even though it was 3-3 at halftime, I thought the play-calling was pretty good by Tice. They were running the ball a bit more which I liked. All because they sometimes only gained a yard or two, it’s still a good thing to do because it will keep the other team guessing. In the second half, the Bears took advantage of that. Matt Forte had over 100 yards rushing. In fact, with three rushers and Cutler, the total yards were over 200 for rushing. We need to see more of that.
On the passing side, Brandon Marshall kicked ass once again. He had just over half of the catches for the team along with a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery scored a touchdown but hurt his wrist on the play. I am sure most of us were concerned when he was shown with his arm wrapped up as the game was winding down. Earl Bennett is already out but may return for the next game but if this is going to be a problem if it’s serious. I am not a doctor but if it’s a sprain, then he may only miss a game or two. Lastly, Gabe Carimi was horrible. Two false start penalties and he allowed a sack to Cutler.
Defense: Gabbert drove the Jaguars on two different occasions down the field in the first half. As mentioned in the intro, if it’s not for the fumble that Corey Wooten forced on him, this game might have gone the wrong way. Wooten came out nowhere in the game to force that sack and another one. Looking at the replay, it looked like it was just an incomplete pass but I digress. Now we go to the fun part of this game which was the second half. First, Tillman takes intercepts a pass and takes it for a touchdown. Then, Briggs, who added a sack in the game, repeats the process. What I liked better was the amount of total yards the defense gave up as well.
If it wasn’t for Armando Allen scoring a touchdown in garbage time, the defense for the third straight game would have scored as many touchdowns as the offense did. I cannot believe how well the defense has played for the most part this year. I am seeing cornerbacks and safeties actually covering the receivers. I am seeing the front four forcing more pressure on the quarterbacks and getting more sacks. It almost makes me wonder where this shit was all these years. I don’t want to get ahead of myself but the Jaguars are still a bad team. If they do these kinds of things against teams like the 49ers and Texans, then I’ll start getting excited.
Special Teams: Why, oh why do idiots on any team commit obvious penalties in punt/kick returns? There were two block in the back penalties by Sherrick McManis. Players know this an illegal play so why in the hell do they keep doing it? Idiots.
With the bye-week here, this gives time for players like Forte, Bennett and now, Jeffery to heal up. The Lions come to town on Monday Night Football in just over two weeks.