The Bears came back down to earth last Sunday night as the Giants manhandled the Bears 17-3 to remove them from the ranks of the undefeated and knock quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game. As a matter of fact, JC is still recovering from his concussion and won’t play on Sunday, so journeyman backup Todd Collins will take the reigns against the Panthers in Carolina. Can he adhequately fill in for Jay Cutler in Mike Martz’s offense? Will the Bears actually try to run the ball? These are the questions we posed to Sam, our Madden 11 simulation expert:
With Todd Collins at the helm and Jay Cutler on the sidelines, you’d think that Mike Martz might take a more conservative approach. Think again. Bears start off with a 47 yard TD pass from Collins to Knox. The Panthers bounce back to score two rushing TD’s, including a 68 yarder from DeAngelo Williams and a 2 yard plunge from Jonathan Stewart to give the Panthers a 14-7 first quarter lead.
The second quarter is more of a defensive struggle, with a Zack Bowman INT helping the Bears keep it close:
After a few field goals are exchanged in the 2nd quarter, the Panthers head to the locker room with a 20-10 halftime lead. The second half belongs to the Bears, as they roll off 24 unanswered points including this 59-yard run, aided by some poor Panthers tackling:
So the Bears pull it off even without Cutler. Check out the scoring summary and stats below:
Bears 34 Panthers 20
(CHI) J.Knox 47 yd rec from T.Collins (R.Gould) 8:02
(CAR) D.Williams 68 yd run (J.Kasay Kick) 7:45
(CAR) J.Stewart 2yd run (J.Kasay Kick) 0:34
(CHI) R.Gould 37 yd FG 6:20
(CAR) J.Kasay 25 yd FG 1:56
(CAR) J.Kasay 34 yd FG 0:39
(CHI) G.Olsen 23 yd rec from T.Collins (R.Gould Kick) 8:48
(CHI) M.Forte 59 yd run (R.Gould Kick) 5:48
(CHI) D.Hester 63 yd rec from T.Collins (R.Gould Kick) 7:31
(CHI) R.Gould 23 yd FG 5:55
Hope the Madden Simulator is right this time.
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