The Bears had an good game overall when the Vikings came into Soldier Field on Sunday. The game started off a little reminiscent of the Tennessee game. The Bears jumped out to a 28-3 lead before the first half was over and they had help from a blocked kick on special teams and turnovers caused by the defense.
The return of Jay Cutler made a big difference as the star QB completed 15 of 17 passes in the first half. With a season-ending ACL tear for Lance Louis and Chris Spencer’s inability to stay on the field long enough, the offense did slow down and failed to score a touchdown in the second half. The Bears did manage to rush for over 100 yards again this season as Michael Bush kept running hard even after Matt Forte hurt his ankle. Bush also managed to score two touchdowns when he was given the ball at the 1-yard line. Brandon Marshall was targeted 17 times as he remains the offenses “go-to-guy” but Earl Bennett caught all 4 of his targets for 45 yards and both tight ends made key plays when thrown to. Kellen Davis reeled in a ball at the 1-yard line to set up a Michael Bush touchdown and Matt Spaeth caught a zip-lined ball going out the side of the end-zone that words can not describe. Also, Evan Rodriguez kept a drive going with his first catch of his NFL career for 11 yards.
The defense only allowed 10 points and 258 total yards as they bounced back from the Trouncing at Candlestick. Especially the young safety tandem of Chris Conte and Major Wright. Conte had an interception and a few pass breakups and Wright was solid in run support. The Bears forced 2 Adrian Peterson fumbles, one being in the first half as he was successfully controlled by the front line and another being in the second half as the Bears were a little lax in a near blowout. The defense did, however, suffer its share of injuries just like the offense. Charles Tillman left the game with what appeared to be an ankle injury but was later revealed to be a chipped bone, but never fear , sources say Tillman will not be sidelined by the injury. Lance Briggs, on the other hand, was seen walking out of Soldier Field in a boot and it is safe to say he is at least questionable for the game against Seattle. Christian Ponder was sacked twice as he was under pressure on most snaps in which he dropped back to pass. Julius Peppers provided some pressure and a good distraction as other lineman capitalized and also blocked a field goal attempt.
Devin Hester was lost early in the game due to a concussion and as with the Bears, he is not expected to play next Sunday. Eric Weems did what he was brought in to do with decent work on returns and even managed to catch a pass on offense. Podlesh has appeared to come out of his slump while Robbie Gould is in one.
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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.