On a sunny, cool day in the Windy City, the Chicago Bears shone in their 41-21 win over the Indianapolis Colts. For this team, it had been awhile since they incurred such a high-scoring game: Can you say Oct. 4, 2009 over the Detroit Lions with a 48-point win?
For the opposing team, Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck had a disappointing inauguration into the NFL but his stats don’t paint a horrible picture. Luck completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a fumble, which isn’t unlike the debut of another former Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning.
He threw for 302 yards and also had three interceptions and one touchdown in his first NFL game.
As for Luck, the game definitely had a welcome to the NFL feel.
He said, “It definitely was kicked up another notch, especially against a defense with Lance Briggs, Julius Peppers, Henry Melton and [Brian] Urlacher. They have a lot of speed out there. They’re a fast team. There was a noticeable difference.”
For the Bears, they got off to a rough start thanks to quarterback Jay Cutler. On the team’s second possession, whether he wasn’t focused or running back Matt Forte was off, the Colts jumped on the scoreboard first thanks to a pick six by Cutler.
This was the Colts only lead of the game and loud grumbling could be heard throughout Solider Field.
The home team didn’t stay behind for too long, getting on the board thanks to running back Michael Bush’s one-yard touchdown four minutes after the Colts.
In the second quarter, wide receiver Brandon Marshall showed up and got a touchdown. The Bears scored a field goal with five minutes after his touchdown.
The Bears held the Colts to a field goal in the second quarter and after Bush’s second touchdown for the half, the team entered halftime with a 24-14 lead.
Bears Coach Lovie Smith must have given a much-needed rousing halftime speech as the the team returned from the break and saw a Forte touchdown and a Robbie Gould field goal at the front end of the third quarter. While the Colts got a touchdown at the top of the fourth quarter, that would be it for the visiting team.
For the day, Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns. His reunion with his wide receiver gave Marshall 119 yards receiving with a touchdown.
While Bears fans could say the passing game has improved now that Cutler and Marshall are reunited along with the addition of Alshon Jeffery and the return of Earl Bennett, the team still shone with its running game.
Running back Matt Forte ran for 80 yards, with one touchdown and 40 yards receiving. Bush showed why he’s a great addition with his two touchdowns, 12 carries and 42 yards.
The defense owes a shout out to Bears cornerback and former Colt, Tim Jennings. He picked off two of Luck’s passes and deflected a ball that had been picked off by his fellow defenseman Chris Conte.
For the day, the Bears forced five turnovers.
Jennings said of the game, “It was a good day. I was able to catch the ball. I dropped one in the end zone. … I caught more than I dropped today. Last year I struggled with that.”
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Written by Debbie Baratz