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Defense Torched by Warner in Ugly 41-21 Setback

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All season long the Bears offense has had issues. Sunday the defense and defense and maturity had to be called into play, as the Bears allowed five Kurt Warner touchdowns in getting spanked at home 41-21 by the Arizona Cardinals.

The defense lost its poise early in the game, as just four plays in DT Tommie Harris was thrown out after throwing a punch on one of the Cardinals. It set the tone for the defense to have its problems, as Warner, even without wide out Anquan Boldin, picked apart the Bears secondary all day.

Warner threw four first half TDs, and ended the day 22-for-31 for 261 yards with five scores and a QB rating of 135.9.

The Cards improve to 5-3 on the season, and rebounded nicely after their loss at home a week ago to the Carolina Panthers at home. Arizona ran away with the game early, going up 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, the scoring 17 second quarter points to lead 31-7 at the half.

Chicago heard plenty of boo’s on their home field, as the team was beat up badly a week after the offensive struggles continued despite a win over the awful Cleveland Browns. Jay Cutler, who was forced to throw almost every down in the second half, was 29-for-47 for 369 yards with three TD’s and a pick.

Greg Olsen hauled in all three scores for Chicago, catching 5 balls for 71 yards with the three scores. The Bears run game again wasn’t very good, as leading rusher Matt Forte ran for just 33 yards on five carries. On the day the Bears were outrushed by the Cardinals 182 to 70.

Warner found his favorite target, Larry Fitzgerald, often in the game. He had 9 grabs for 123 yards and two scores. Steve Breston, playing in the second WR role for an injured Anquan Boldin, had five catches for 66 yards and a final score that put the Cards up from 34-21 to 41-21 with 4:30 left.

The embarrassing setback leaves the Bears at 4-4. They have a Thursday night game scheduled in San Francisco in just four days.


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