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Bears, Barber Batter And Bruise Bills; 10-3

The Good: Amobi Okoye looked sharp with two sacks. During the first series, Henry Melton had a tackle for loss on C.J. Spiller. Melton, now at 292 pounds, continues to show encouraging signs of becoming a standout interior lineman. Marion Barber is still in his prime. Barber rushed seven times for 45 yards and displayed carries that made me reminisce to his days back at the University of Minnesota. We haven’t had a back who could break tackles like that since the “A-Train.” Thankfully, a scrambling Jay Cutler (one rush, 10 yards, first down) left after one series unharmed. He was sacked once, which was more than enough. Johnny Knox had an impressive 70-yard kick return on his only try. Despite debate, Matt Forte participated. Chris Conte produced three tackles, two solo.  Condition of playing surface was acceptable.

The Bad: Lovie Smith after the game: “Too much pressure on the quarterback, “We have to tighten that up a little bit. Offensive line surrendered nine sacks. Defense allowed two third-down conversions in the first quarter. Corey Wootton left the game with a knee injury following the opening kickoff. Zackary Bowman (head) also exited with an injury. Anthony Adams (calf) and J.T. Thomas (hip) were no-gos. Dane Sanzenbacher was only targeted once.

Next: Monday Night Football against the New York Giants – August 22.

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