Bad Luck Brings Bears Win

Proved to be worth the price of admission

The Chicago Bears season started a bit slowly yesterday afternoon but picked up speed and when all was said and done Jay Cutler’s mile high connection led to a strangely underwhelmning 20-point win. But the Brandon Marshall reformation project was a booming success – he finished the day with 119 receiving yards on 9 catches – and if the Bears have any type of Super Bowl aspirations they will have to use this win as tailwind to far better play.  Particularly noteworthy was the Bears’ Yards-After-Catch, by which Cutler got the ball to his playmakers that provided them with room to work with.  Cutler spread the ball around effectively to allow Bush and Forte to gash a Colt defense when it was putting any pressure in the box. Most of the time the Bears were in an empty set or a one-back set allowing for 4 or 5 WR’s to get man-to-man coverage on the outside.

Cutler’s worst mistake was a pick six; however, he would recover to throw two touchdown passes and amass 333 passing yards and a QB Rating of 98.9, which is quite efficient. On the other side of the ball, the Bears needs to shore up the defensive line. The game could have been much closer had Luck not made some poor decisions that resulted in turnovers. Luck was picked off three times (twice by Tim Jennings) and sacked another three times (twice by Henry Melton) and finished with a QB rating of 52.9. The game remained in doubt with Cutler’s pick six, and some impressive running by the Colts’ Donald Brown. The Colts were able to make it into the fourth quarter with a puncher’s chance but Adam Vinatieri’s unlikely miss on a chip shot to end the half eliminated what would have made it a one possession game.

In the end the Bears were able to make enough plays to pull it out. Next week things get much tougher when the Bears travel to Lambeau Field to face a hungry Packers team that was upset in their opener and are no doubt fired up to greet a fierce divisional opponent.