Once again it took a last minute scoring drive for the Chicago Bears to sneak past the Minnesota Vikings and put their division rival in an early hole.
On the last drive, the game-winning drive, Jay Cutler was 7/9 passing for 76 yards. He capped it by throwing a game-winning touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett who was covered by CB Chris Cook with 10 seconds left to play in the game. Yes, had Jay not been the source of 3 out of 4 of the Bears turnovers, he would not have had to orchestrate such a magnificent drive. However, maybe Jay just wanted a challenge. One could place all three of his turnovers on other elements. After a fumble caused by being sacked by Jared Allen, Brian Robison picked it up and ran in for the score. Had Matt Forte not accidentally disengaged Jermon Bushrod from Jared Allen, Allen probably would not have ran Cutler down for the sack/fumble. One of the interceptions came from a tipped ball at the line of scrimmage that happened to be caught by defensive tackle Kevin Williams. The other interception was going to Bears #1 receiver Brandon Marshall who had beaten his man on the play but did not put up a fight for the ball, which seemed like what Jay wanted him to do ending in a Harrison Smith interception. I’m not saying Jay isn’t at fault for his turnovers but looking closely there was more to each play than Jay just being careless.
As a whole the offensive, was a little stagnant at times, which can more-or-less be attributed to an underrated Vikings defense. Yet, in times when they needed to perform, the Bears executed. Cutler experienced some pressure here and there but aside from the sack he had plenty of time to make fast decisions in the pocket, for the most part. Matt Forte had a better rushing day as the rain poured down upon Soldier Field. He tallied 19 attempts for 90 yards to go along with a career high 11 receptions for 71 yards. Aside from the stripped fumble, Matt Forte was the reliable workhorse for the Bears all day.
Through the first 2 games the defense has seemed a little off and most of the blame can be placed on the defensive line. The Bears front four have not been generating enough pressure, only recording one sack for the second week in a row. Even with different looks the defensive line could not get to Christian Ponder. The key point of a defense based on the Cover 2 is for the four defensive linemen to generate pressure on their own to have more guys covering the pass. With that in mind, you can imagine how and why both Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton made few mistakes when driving the length of the field.
It is only two games on the board, so there is much time to improve with little to actually improve on. With a game coming up on Sunday night look to see how the Bears play on national television.
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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.