Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett (83) runs past Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Another difficult task, picking the winner of the game ball considering this week’s heartbreaking loss against the divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers. This weeks pick is unconventional, it won’t go to one player but to two former Game Ball winners in, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett.
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This loss was a tough one for Bears fans to digest, and it will take a while to get over. The game was filled with mental errors, turnovers, lack of defensive play, and a slew of questionable mirage calls by the officials. With all the mishaps, Forte and Bennett each played excellent games. This season they have both been the most consistent on offense and have yet to let their team down or Bears fan. Both Forte and Bennett played stellar games that would have made the highlight reels if, not for a loss.
Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) rushes the ball against Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones (95) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Green Bay Packers defeats the Chicago Bears 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Forte had a great day running and receiving, accounting for 171 yards of the Bears total offense. In the ground game, he ended the day with 23 attempts, an average of 5.3 yards per carry with a total of 122 yards. In the passing game Forte had 5 receptions, an average of 9.8 yards per catch with 49 receiving yards in total. Bennett continued his monster season with 9 receptions, an average of 14.9 yards per catch and a total of 134 yards. Neither player saw the end zone. However, the two touchdowns scored during the game was in no doubt setup by their hard physical play.
Forte and Bennett continue to be Cutler’s security blankets when things get difficult. Hopefully, they can keep it going next week when the Bears face the Carolina Panthers, a defense known for harassing the quarterback. The running game with Forte will help take the pressure off Cutler and keep the depleted Bears secondary off the field as much as possible. Bennett will be much need in the red zone due to Marshall and Jeffery still not at 100 percent.