Everyone has been waiting for the new toys to be unleashed. It took a couple of series, but unleashed they were in the Bears week one 41-21 clobbering of the Colts.
You could hear the collective sighs around the city when the Bears first possession began. Jay Cutler was dropped for a 10 yard sack on the very first play and it was followed up by a Gabe Carimi false start penalty. “Here we go again” was mutter in living rooms city wide. The next possession was even worse when Cutler made a poor decision in the flat to Matt Forte that turned into a pick six.
From that moment on, however, it was all Bears. Forte would get the offense going on the third drive
with a couple of 15+ yard runs. The second big run set up a Michael Bush one yard vulture and they never looked back.
Cutler looked for his old/new weapon Brandon Marshall early and often Sunday. After Forte brought the bears inside the five again on a 31 yard catch, Bears fans got a preview of what was to come all season inside the red zone. Cutler and Marshall hooked up for a three yard strike to make it 14-7. Marshall finished with 119 yards on nine catches with one score. That was 12 catches short of his record breaking day versus the Colts back in 2009, but fans will take it.
Number one overall pick Andrew Luck tried to answer back, but Tim Jennings laid out and came up with a big interception. Jennings had a great training camp and it carried over to a monster week one performance. The 5″8 corner had multiple pass deflections to go with two interceptions. One of his tips led to a Chris Conte pick in the endzone that shutdown another Colts drive. Overall, just an outstandng day in coverage for the former Georgia Bulldog.
Julius Peppers was not to be overshadowed as he recovered a fumble and would have had forced a fumble on a sack if not for rookie Shea McClellin lining up in the neutral zone. On the inside Henry Melton proved people around Halas Hall right with a pair of sacks in a big day for the defense.
Rookie Alshon Jefferey caught a perfect strike from Cutler on a 42 yard bomb to put the exclamation point on this win. Marshall, Jeffery and Bush all had big days in their Bears debuts. Jeffery finished with 80 yards on three catches while Bush had two scores to go with 42 yards on the ground.
The expectations for this offense were higher than they ever have been for a Bears squad that is supposed to get off the bus running. Cutler would spread the ball around to six different receivers in route to his 333 yards passing. Now it was a Colts team that earned the earned the first overall pick last season so it’s too early to get crazy, but the new look attack lived up to the hype in week one.
The best part of a blow out? Brian Urlacher sat for much of the second half as Lovie Smith wisely decided to rest him. The Bears will travel to Green Bay on a short week for Thursday’s week two showdown with the Packers.
The Mike Tice offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Bears avoided a let down in the opener. Onwards to Lambeau.
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