It was over in the parking lot before the game. It was over on Broadway Street the days leading up to Sunday. This was the Bears’ day, make no mistake. The Bears and their fans took over Nashville en route to a 51-20 beating of the Titans. If it’s possible, the score was not indicative of the beating the Bears put on the Titans.
From the first play from scrimmage, the Bears imposed their will on Tennessee. Charles Tillman punched a ball out and forced a fumble. It was the first of four – yes FOUR – forced fumbles by Tillman alone. When are opposing teams going to figure out that they need to protect the ball against Peanut? I mean seriously.
The favorite moment of the day for me came when Brian Urlacher intercepted Matt Hasselbeck’s pass and returned it 46 yards – and juking Hasselbeck in the process – on the way to a touchdown. The old man still has some moves! This was clearly Urlacher’s best game of the season. Besides the touchdown, #54 had a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, a pass defended and seven tackles (2nd on the team behind Tillmans’ 9 tackles).
Devin Hester teased Bears fans on his 30th birthday, nearly bring a punt return back for a touchdown, setting up an easy Matt Forte touchdown run with a 44 yard punt return.
On the offensive side, the started slowly again. A penalty by J’Marcus Webb gave the Titans their first score of the game, a safety. Once things settled down, Cutler and Brandon Marshall took over. Cutler finished the day 19 of 26 for 229 with 3 TD’s, all to Brandon Marshall. Marshall ended the day with 9 catches for 122 and a career high 3 TD’s.
I’ve been travelling to see a Bears road game for 17 years, including a lot of games at Chicago-friendly cities including Tampa and Phoenix, but this was by far the most dominant Bears fan showing at an opposing city. Much like the 28 point first quarter, I’ve never seen anything like it.
Plenty more coverage to follow as we bask in another Bears win before we begin preparations for the “hard part” of the schedule, the Texans and Niners in consecutive games.