(photo from flickr)
It's Monday! Usually that's never a good thing but when the Bears win, it is. Yesterday they got back to they're winning ways with a 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. It was a game that saw the return of Jay Cutler but the loss of some other key players.
Welcome Back Jay Cutler, Welcome Back Offense
Having to watch Jason Campbell stink it up last week made me relize that I should apprececiate Jay Cutler. His presence was felt imediatly, as he guided the Bears to the endzone on several occasions. Sure he gets frustrated with teamates for not making plays and he seems to have anger issues when he's on the field but you can't question his results. He's 32-20 as the Chicago Bears starting quarterback and it's a whole different offense when he's out there. He makes throws and isn't afraid to take it hit. Of course maybe he should start sliding or trying to get out of bounds when he scrambles because if he goes down again, so does the Bears season. Bear's fans will put up with all his crap if he keeps winning.
And with the return of Cutler was the return of the Offense. 11 for 19 on third downs and 2 rushing touchdowns from Michael Bush. They killed the Vikings in time of possession holding the ball for over 37 minutes which was about 15 more minutes than the Vikings did. Thats a whole quarter if your think about it. They still need to spread the ball aroud more instead of just throwing to Marshall all the time but Earl Bennett did get 4 catches for 45 yards. I still think he should be the number 2 reciever instead of Devin Hester.
A New Offensive Line...Again
After allowing 5 sacks to Aldon Smith of the 49er's last week, the Bears decided to replace right tackle Gabe Carimi with the verteran Jonathan Scott who did a great job and they also benched Chilo Rachal for Chris Spencer who also played well for the most part. it's hard to believe that the Bears can't seem to figure the offensive line out after all this time but thats the way it is.
A Costly Victory
The Bears won, but they paid the price. 5 players got hurt including key injuries to Devin Hester (Concussion) Charles Tillman (ankle) and Matt Forte (ankle). Defensive tackle Lance Louis(Knee) and Chris Spencer(Knee) also went out with injuries. Looks like the Bears will have to look into their practice squad this week and see who can step up. Hopefully none of those inuries will be too serious but Forte didn't look good as he limped to the locker room. It should be an interesting week at Halas Hall.
Brandon Marshall, the 1,000 Yard Man
Marshall had 12 catches yesterday to put him over 1,000 yards for the season. He's the first Bear's reviever to accomplish that feat since Marty Booker did it in 2002. He's also got 81 catches this year and should have at least 100 of those when the season is all said and done. What a great pick up he was this year.
How cool was it to see punter Adam Podlesh run in the 2 point conversion on the fake field goal? Julius Peppers also blocked a field goal too which was great to see. Those kinds of things can really make a difference in a game. If there's one thing about the Bears, it's that every player finds ways to contribute to a game. You gotta give credit to Lovie Smith for instilling that kind of mentality with the players.
Bring on the Seahawks
This week Seattle comes to town. It should be another Bears win as the Seahawks are not as good as advertised. Plus I CAN NOT stand Pete Carrol so I hope Chicago really takes it to em'. A win will give them 9 for the year and I believe that 10 wins will get you in the playoffs this year. It's gonna be cold, December football in Chicago this week. Bear weather for sure.