On Sunday the Bears put points on the board....alot of them. A 28 point first quarter propelled the Bears to a 51-20 win over Tennesee in Nashville. They havn't scored that many points in a game since a 61 point outburst against the Packers in 1980. A little bit of offense, a whole lot of defnse and a ton of fun to watch. Lets recap shall we.......
Today's Bears blog is all about defense. Good Lord. These guys are so good out there you can't take your eyes away from the screen for 2 seconds. I got up to go to the bathroom and missed Brian Urlacher ramble his way down the field for an interception touchdown return. It's like we don't even need an offense. Maybe they should voulenteer to play all time defense.
Sure Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall for three touchdown passes and Matt Forte got his 100 yards and a touchdown, but all of that wouldn't have been possible without that nasty Bear Defense creating turnovers on almost every posession and setting up great field position.
Charles Tillman had 4 FORCED FUMBLES in the game. Thats alot. I loved it when they showed him in slow motion just punching the ball away from defenders. That makes a total of 7 on the year plus 2 interceptions and two touchdowns to go along with them. Lets also not forget his ability to shut down whatever reciever he's gurarding as Calvin Johnson found out a couple of Monday nights ago. This guy should be in strong consideration for NFL defensive MVP. He's playing out of his mind and its so awesome to watch.
But it's not just Tillman. Tim Jennings has 6 int's to lead the league this year. The Bears also lead the league with 16 takeaways, 17 total interceptions and are second overall to the 49er's allowing just 15 points a game. These guys are mean and hungry and go after the ball at all times.
They score points too. They lead the league with 7 defensive toucdowns this year. Yesterday Cory Wooton blocked that punt for a touchdown return and from then on, the tone was set for the rest of the game. The Bears Defense is not to be messed with.
Devin Hester seemed to get back to normal yesterday as well. He almost took one back and I have a feeling we'll be seeing that in the next few weeks. He needs to be rediculous again if this team wants to go far in the playoffs.
The upcoming schedule should be the real test to see if this Bears defense and team is for REAL. They've got Houston, San Francisco, Minnesota, Green Bay and Seattle in the coming weeks, all of whom have winning records this year. Not to mention they go up agaist a tough Arizona defense in Week 15 and then finish out with Detroit in week 16, who seems to be playing better every week.
Can The Bears D shut down Matt Shaub, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson? Can Jay Cutler and the offense keep putting up points? Will I go to the bathroom and miss another Brian Urlacher touchdown? We'll just have to tune in Sunday night and find out.
My prediction: Bears 31, Houston 14. Bear Down!!!!
--Matt Hall (Morning show host on 95.5 GLO)