The Bears defense then rose up and made another play when DE Shea McClellin recorded the first sack of the young season for either team then LB James Anderson knocked down a pass on 3rd down forcing the Bengals to punt.
The Bears started their final drive with 6:38 left in the game. I don’t think they threw the ball once during that drive. The game was sewn up with about a minute to go when after a 3rd down play rookie RT Jordan Mills was doing some pushing and shoving with 5th year LB Rey Maualuga; Maualunga was called for a personal foul for losing his composure and throwing Mills to the ground directly in front of the referee; the Bears were given an automatic first down and the game was over.
What is interesting is that a similar thing happened late in the first half after a punt which helped the Bears get into field goal range and score right before halftime. They say a game usually comes down to a play or two here or there, well, those are two plays that changed the outcome of the game in the Bears favor.
Dalton finished the game 26/33 for 282 with 2TDs and 2 INTs and Green finished with 9 rec for 162 yards and 2TDs. Green was held to 4 rec for 33 yards in the 2nd half.
Meanwhile Cutler finish 21/33 for 242 2TDs and 1INT and Marshal finished with 8 rec for 104 yards and 1TD. They performed when it mattered the most.
That is really how I see this team (Chicago) going forward. The Defense did what they do; bend but don’t really break (although they broke 3 time this game) and take the ball away.
The Special Teams didn’t do anything spectacular but they didn’t allow a good ST opponent to get anything going either.
The offense scored 24 points and there is still a lot of room for improvement; how often has that happened in the last 3 years?
This team is going to be interesting to watch over the next 16 weeks. There are bound to be ups and downs just like a roller coaster ride that will sometimes make you want to vomit. Stick with this team and although I can’t promise they will win the Super Bowl or even make it to the playoffs, but I can promise that they will be interesting.
Topics: A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears, James Anderson, Jay Cutler, Jordan Mills, Lovie Smith, Matt Forte, Mike Tice, Mohamed Sanu, Rey Maualuga, Shea Mcclellin, Tim Jennings