For all the great strides made by the Chicago Bears in Week 1, Week 2 was six steps back for the team.
The Bears started out strong with an eight-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Jay Cutler to rookie wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher in the first quarter. It was his first NFL touchdown.
The New Orleans Saints also scored in the quarter with a field goal and quickly grabbed their first touchdown. Two field goals soon followed and the home team took a nine-point lead. The Bears offense started to unravel but at the end of the second quarter, the Bears finally got a 42-yard field goal by kicker Robbie Gould.
The two teams entered the half with a 16-10 Saints lead.
The Bears came back after the break and grabbed their final points of the game with another Gould field goal of 38 yards. Almost five minutes later, the Saints widened their lead to 10 with a touchdown.
The Saints final seven points came three minutes into the fourth quarter. For Bears fans, the remainder of the game was difficult to watch.
Cutler had a horrific day. He went 19 of 45 for 244 yards with one touchdown. He completed 42 percent of his passes and fumbled once. But perhaps his most disturbing statistic was the six sacks.
The O-line failed to show up this week. There were missed tackles, a lack of protection, blitzing and at times, it looked like Cutler was playing on a sinking lifeboat without oars or a life jacket to keep him afloat on the field.
Once again, running back Matt Forte was the offense, playing well in front of his hometown crowd. He led the team in receiving with 117 yards and 49 yards in rushing. Johnny Knox followed with two receptions for 45 yards and Sanzenbacher was three for 33 yards with the one touchdown.
Standing on the sidelines this week was injured wide receiver Roy Williams. While he had a short but respectable Week 1, he is yet to endear himself to fans but was needed by the team in Sunday’s game.
The Saints defense played well, allowing only 60 yards on the ground. After giving up five touchdowns in Week 1 to Green Bay, the defense was looking for redemption.
Quarterback Drew Brees was 26 of 37 for 270 yards and three touchdowns. It was his first win against the Bears during his tenure in New Orleans.
Three Bears players were injured. Wide receiver Earl Bennett got hit in the chest; right guard Gabe Carimi suffered a knee injury and safety Major Wright went down with a head injury. They join the currently injured Williams, Marion Barber, Chris Harris, Lance Louis and Corey Wooten.
This list will need to be shorter next week or the Bears are going to be in trouble.
Next up for the Bears is a home game against nemesis Green Bay. Their last meeting was the NFC North Championship and that ending has probably been at the forefront of the Bears minds for the last eight months.
Let’s hope the Bears team from Week 1 shows up and not the one from Week 2.
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Written by Debbie Baratz