When you win 51-20 like the Bears did on Sunday over the Tennessee Titans, it feels like I should be passing out multiple game balls. Offense, defense, special teams, heck even the fans all played a big part in the victory. Let’s check out the nominees for this week’s Game Ball:
Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears corner back Charles Tillman (33) knocks the ball out of the hands of Tennessee Titans tight end Jared Cook (89) during the second half at LP Field. The Bears beat the Titans 51-20. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire
Even if someone else wins the Game Ball, Peanut might just go over and punch it out. Four forced fumbles don’t begin to describe the impact Peanut had on the game. On the very first play from scrimmage, he forced his first fumble and pretty much ended the Titans’ day before it began. Tillman has had all his skills on display over the last few weeks and he’s starting to draw some long overdue national attention. You’re even starting to hear his name come up as a Defensive Player of the Year discussions.
Knee injury? Too old? Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher pushed aside those questions as easily as he juked past fellow dinosaur Matt Hasselbeck on his 46-yard interception return. In case you missed it, here it is:
Besides his own pick-6, Urlacher had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and added 7 tackles. It was the first time Urlacher has hit those stats in the same game since October 2001 in Atlanta. (Oddly enough, I was at that game too.) Has Urlacher discovered the fountain of youth? Maybe not, but at this point in his career he’s probably settle for the fountain of middle
Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a touchdown pass against Tennessee Titans defensive back Jason McCourty (30) during the second half at LP Field. Chicago defeated Tennessee 51-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
Marshall is becoming a frequent flyer for Game Balls. Deservedly so, since he’s on pace to shatter Bears records. So far this season, BMarsh has 59 catches for 797 yards and 7 TD’s. To put those numbers in perspective, last season’s leading wide receiver for the Bears was Johnny Knox with 37 catches for 727 yards and 2 touchdowns. With another 3 TD’s 0n 9 catches for 122 yards on Sunday, it makes sense to give Marshall a game ball.
Nov 4, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Bears fans celebrate their team scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. Chicago defeated Tennessee 51-20. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
The 4th Phase
This is kinda, sorta like nominating myself for a game ball since myself and my crew were down in Nashville to witness the excitement firsthand. Locals kept asking us if there was anyone left in Chicago because we brought the whole city with us. I’ve been going on these road trips for 17 years and have seen a lot of Bears game and I can say without a doubt, this was the largest, craziest contingents I’ve ever seen. There were even reports that some Nashville bars were running out of beer. No, I’m not making that up. For that reason alone, the 4th phase gets a nomination for a Game Ball.
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