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That was not the way this was supposed to go. The Bears dropped their season opener 23-20 to the Buffalo Bills in a stunner at Soldier Field. Injuries and turnovers tell the tale of the day. The Bears suffered a bunch of injuries on offense, losing offensive linemen Roberto Garza and Matt Slausen to ankle injuries and Alshon Jeffery to a hamstring injuries. Brandon Marshall left the game with an ankle injury of his own, but was able to come back. But it was too little, too late.
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Jay Cutler had a Jay Cutler type of day. It was good Jay and bad Jay all rolled into one three hour window. Good Jay threw for 349 yards and two TD’s but Bad Jay threw two interceptions that proved to be really costly. A Brandon Marshall fumble also cost the Bears. The Bills cashed in on all three of the Bears’ turnovers to the tune of 13 points. With a defense still figuring things out, they can’t give their opponents any advantage.
A bright spot for the offense was definitely Matt Forte. He led the Bears with 82 yards rushing and had 87 receiving yards on 8 catches. Both of those figures should have been higher, as the Bears were shorthanded. Alshon Jeffery suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as probable to return, but never returned. Morgan Spurlock and Josh Morgan couldn’t fill his shoes and Santonio Holmes is still not acclimated enough in the offense to make a significant impact.
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