Henry Melton on one of his two sacks for the day. (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

Who Was Most Valuable Bear in Week 1 Win Over Falcons

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I meant to get this posted last night but I ran out of gas.  Then I meant to post this at lunchtime today, but I had a tire blow out on me, which was enough to set my usual writing schedule off and put it off until tonight.  After a total team effort, who gets the Most Valuable Bear award for the Bears’ Week 1 30-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons?  There are plenty of candidates.

Jay Cutler is all smiles during a Bears 30-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

Jay Cutler

Cutler racked up 312 yards on 22/32 passing with 2 TD’s and 1 interception.  Cutler looked confident and poised in the pocket, eluding the rush and making just about all the right throws when he needed to make them.  The Bears offense left some points on the field, settling for field goals when touchdowns were the order of the day but all in all, it was a good day for JC.

Matt Forte is off to the races on his 56-yard touchdown reception. (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

Matt Forte

Forte started his contract campaign with a bang, going off for 158 yards from scrimmage including a spectacular 56 yard screen pass that went for a touchdown.  You have to like a guy who bets on himself.  Based on his performance on Sunday, he has doubled down.

Brian Urlacher scoops up a Matt Ryan fumble to cap off the Bears' scoring (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

Brian Urlacher

Urlacher was all over the field on the defensive side of the ball.  He made a terrific diving grab to intercept a Matt Ryan pass that slowed the Falcons effort and seemed to turn the tide to the Bears favor early in the contest.  He capped the Bears scoring, rumbling 12 yards on a fumble recovery to put the Bears up 30-6 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter and seal the victory.  Not bad for an over-the-hill middle linebacker.

Peppers and Izzy Idonije sandwhich Matt Ryan (Photo: Chicago Tribune)

Julius Peppers

A lot of what Peppers does doesn’t always show up on the stats sheet.   That was not the case on Sunday.  Peppers recovered the fumble that Peanut Tillman forced out of Michael Turner and then forced on of his own, when Matt Ryan coughed it up only to have Urlacher scoop it up.  In between, he was credited with two sacks and numerous pressures and hits, putting Matty on Ice.

Henry Melton

In his first start as a Bear, he made us forget about Tommie Harris.  He was credited with 2 sacks, 7 quarterback hits and a couple of tackles for loss.

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