Every team in the National Football League goes into every game hoping for perfection. This comes about by all four phases: Offense, Defense, Special Teams, and fan base. Usually a perfect game is when the Defense pitches a shut out and the Offense is 100% on 3rd down, but since we live in reality the bears came close enough on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
The offense started off slow again but this time they picked it up quite fast. Jay Cutler was sacked and did lose a fumble for a second week in a row but soon that was a thing in the past as the Bears compiled 28 points in the first quarter. Aside from the sack and sack/fumble, the other dark spot was the illegal hands to the face call on J’Marcus Webb, resulting in a safety. Matt Forte had 12 attempts (3 less than last week) but he proved that sometimes it isn’t about how many touches you get but more about what you do with the ones you do get. He also added 2 receptions for 45 yards ( 47 coming from a screen play towards the end of the 1st half). Brandon Marshall caught all 3 of Cutler’s touchdown passes(a career-high). He also caught 9 out 10 targets for 122 yards. Earl Bennett and Devin Hester combined for 6 catches and 41 yards.
The Defense added to its league-leading takeaway total with 4 fumble recoveries and 1 interception(returned for a touchdown). It was a rip party, one whose main attendee was Charles “Peanut” Tillman. Tillman forced 4 fumbles(3 were recovered). Urlacher joined in with two of his own takeaways, a forced fumble and a interception return. He finally joined on the fun when Matt Hasselbeck keyed in on Damian Williams running across the middle and Urlacher jumped it when Hasselbeck sensed pressure from Shea McClellan on the left and let it go. The defensive line provided good pressure with Stephen Paea and Israel Idonije splitting a sack and Corey Wootton getting his own. Nate Washington scored a touchdown but Tim Jennings had great coverage and Hasselbeck threw a perfect ball for Washington to get it. The safeties were as solid as they have been this season. Aside from an 80-yard touchdown run against the second-team defense, the Bears only allowed 79 rushing yards and 194 passing yards.
On the Titans second punt of the game, Sherrick McManis came sprinting around the edge to block a Brett Kern punt his fellow Northwestern alum, Corey Wootton, picked it up and broke a tackle or two on as he walked 5 yards into the end zone. On the 4th punt Brett Kern punted a 43 yard ball only to be returned 44 yards by Devin Hester before being brought down at the 8 yard line. Matt Forte then proceeded to rush for 5 yards and get a 3 yard push from the offensive line for a touchdown.
As the game got more and more out of hand you started to realize how many Bears fans were at LP Field that afternoon, and it was truly amazing.
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Written by Smiley
Raised a Chicago Bears fan. I watch all sports and have figured out a way to watch 12 hours of NFL every Sunday, sometimes watching multiple games at times. I like long walks on the beach with the actress of my dreams with a cup of ginger ale. I am a young person so I have opinions but I am agreeable.