It's another great Monday! A Bears win usually makes for a good week, especially when they win BIG. Lets recap the game shall we?
A Tale of Two Halves
About halfway through the first quarter, I figured this was gonna be a 10-6 kind of game. The Bears tend to play to the level of their opponents so when they play a good team they step it up and when they play a not so good opponent like the Jags, they play down to that level. That seemed to be the case in the first half. The Bears only managed three points and just looked apethetic out there. It was 3-3 at halftime and I was about ready to fall asleep. Lovie Smith must have said something at halftime because they woke up in the second half and outscored Jacksonville 38-0.
The Defense Continues
This team is so much fun to watch on defense. They go hard every play. They constantly try to rip the ball away at all times. It's a swarming defense. One guy wraps you up and then 6 more guys come in and finish the job. They look like their having fun out there and it shows. They got two more interceptions for touchdowns this game from Tillman and Briggs in consecutive weeks. When was the last time that happend? I can't remember. I almost would rather just watch the defense play rather than have to watch Jay Cutler go out there and Pout his way down the field. The Bears D also had three sacks on the day. They lead the league in sacks and interceptions this year. I'd say they're the best defense in the league because they keep opponents fom scoring but they also score points themselves.
Jay Cutler, Cheer for Him Because You Have To.
I really hate having to root for Jay Cutler. He comes across as such a snide jerk and he seems like the type of person you would see out at a bar wearing boat shoes and pink polo shirt with the collar popped up. That being said, he seems to be making plays when he has to. I like his hustle out on the field. He's not afraid to get hit and you can tell he wants to win. There was a third and ten he ran for where he took a pretty good shot and got right back up. His decision making is getting better and when he threw that pick early in the first, he didn't blame it on the center, who pretty much rolled the ball to him. He didn't throw any temper tantrums and I even saw a smile or two from him on the sidelines. Of Course the game's easy when the defense spots you 14 points. Either way, he had decent stats yesterday with 292 yards, 2 TD's and 1 int. I'd much rather see Jason Campbell out there but I'm not rooting agaist Cutler. He just needs to handle himself better during the bad games.
Michael Bush and Brandon Marshall
Who's ever idea it was to sign these two guys in the off season, good job. They continue to impress. Michael Bush is the perfect compliment to Matt Forte. He's big and strong and can pick up tough yards. Loved the play yesterday when he hurdled two defenders to pick up the extra yards. Brandon Marshall is playing out of his mind this year. 12 catches yesterday for 144 yards and a touchdown. The best part is, I think his troubled past is behind him and he could be a great Chicago Bear for years to come.
Matt Forte and Brandon Marshall each had 100 yards games. Thats the first time a Bears running back and wide reciever had 100 yards apiece in the same game since Thomas Jones and Musin Mohammed did it back in 2006.
Well next week is the bye week, which no one enjoys. As Moe Szyslak says "Bronco Nagurski never got no bye week and now he's dead.... well I guess bye weeks are a good thing then."
The Bears deserve they're rest. Hopefully they come back and take care of things at home against the struggling Detroit Lions. Calvin Johnson will be a tough match up but with the way the defense has been playing, I think they can contain him. My prediction: Bears 31, Lions 28. Its gonna be a shootout but Robbie Gould will come through with a game winning Field Goal. Go Bears!