Good: Dane Sanzenbacher caught his first (eight-yard TD in first quarter) career NFL touchdown. Jay Cutler came away from the game without a serious injury. Cutler was crisp early on, especially on the the second drive of the game, in which he led the Bears en route to a touchdown (7-0) that capped off an 11-play, 87-yard drive. Matt Forte is extremely elusive and strong, picking up extra real estate at will when it appears to he will only produce a minimal gain. He was Cutler’s offense, and continues to be steady and reliable. The tackling on defense was superb. Not many extra yards after first contact surrendered. The gang-tackling and pursuit was spot-on. The team has a chance to erase this loss with a home against the hated Packers. What an opportunity to get back on track. Major Wright had a nasty head-on collision, but walked off the field on his power. Brian Urlacher played and looked really good.
Bad: Earl Bennett (chest) and Gabe Carimi (right knee) left early with injuries. Cutler had to throw the rock 45 times! No balance in the run to pass ratio; which was 12:45. Forte was bottled up after his 42-yard run, gaining only seven yards on nine carries afterwards. Simply put, the offensive line looked overmatched. Devin Hester is just not getting the job done at wide receiver. He needs to start generating plays on offense. The play-calling by Mike Martz could not have been any different from last week. It was pathetic. He didn’t give Cutler much of a chance. How about some quick passes and more screens? The Cowboys Week two gameplan of last season should’ve been revived for this game. The Saints defense imposed their will way too often. The plays needed less imagination and more of a faster pace to them. Quick snap-decision reads were the way to go. Teams are going to kill Cutler if Martz doesn’t mix up the run into the weekly strategy or have more speed strikes to keep the defense from blitzing. You have to keep the Pack D honest next week with some draws or something. I know Jay didn’t have much time, but why don’t we ever showcase his rocket launcher and throw it deep? The play to Henderson was a momentum-changer. Being without Chris Harris hurt on that one. Also, the Cutler fumble in the third quarter after a three-and-out by the defense to start the second half really turned the game around. Two plays that flipped things upside down. It looked like the Bears had no chance to rebound, and they didn’t. No time to fret, the Packers are in town next week. If the Bears lose, they go to 1-2, while the Packers and even the Lions will be 3-0.
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