Before we turn our full attention to the first-place showdown with the Packers on Monday night, here’s some random crap that caught my attention after I watched the replay of the Bears’ upset(?) win over Big D.
When they get bored, the Chicago media loves to obsess about Jay Cutler’s body language. But it’s funny how you never hear much about it when he’s pumping his fist and slapping o-linemen on the head in celebration, like he did after Devin Hester’s 1-handed TD catch.
Brian Urlacher has his fire back. I love that he got pissed off at Lovie when he accepted a 10-yard holding penalty on the Cowboys after #54 stuffed the play for a 3-yard loss.
He didn’t do it a lot, but Mike Martz had Matt Forte and Chester Taylor on the field at the same time. On their first play together, he split out Forte wide and threw him a bubble screen that was blown up. But the second time around, he called a middle screen to Forte that gained 17 yards. These two RBs, both with above-average pass catching abilities, give opposing defenses yet another little somethin’ to think about.
For the second consecutive week, the Bears completely shut down an explosive breakaway threat. Last week it was Jahvid Best, this week Felix Jones, who had only 7 yards on 7 carries and 2 catches for 12 yards.
There were big hits galore – Peanut Tillman’s hit on Miles Austin, which led to DJ Moore’s 1st INT. Lance Briggs and Danieal Manning combined to hammer Marion Barber on the goalline one play before Dallas’ first and only offensive touchdown. Chris Harris crushed Roy Williams and later Jason Witten, knocking the latter out for the remainder of the game. Henry Melton had a nice smack on a Cowboy kick return too.
In a sight you didn’t see much of last year, 5 Bears defenders swarmed to TE Bennett after a short catch deep in Bears territory early in the 2nd half. It was cool to see all those dark blue shirts burying an opponent who’s jersey you could barely see at the bottom of the pile-up.
On one play in the first half, Martz had Earl Bennett line up alone in the backfield. He then caught a short pass in the flat for a minimal game. Wouldn’t a breakaway threat like Hester or Knox make more sense in that position?
It was troubling that after Moore and Peanut forced a Roy Williams fumble with 4.5 minutes remaining in the game, the offense couldn’t manage a single first down. Three straight running plays by Chester Taylor generated only 2 yards. You know there will be a crucial point in a big game when the Bears will need to run some clock. Maybe I’m being too picky, but a grind-it-out running game is something we haven’t seen yet from this offense.