This offseason the talk centered around this revamped Bears offense and how it was going to carry the load, allowing the defense to just be good enough.
The defense thought that the pundits had that in reverse as they cruised to a 34-18 win over Dallas.
Through the first quarter of the season, it has been the defense carrying the load and the offense just having to be good enough. It was no different Monday night as the Bears defense picked off Tony Romo five times, which is a new career high for the Dallas quarterback. Things got so bad for the oft-scrutinized man under center that Kyle Orton had to relieve him of his duties with four minutes to play.
Charles Tillman started off the festivities with a pick six for 25 yards just moments after the Bears got on the board with a Robbie Gould field goal. The Cowboys tried to make things interesting with a touchdown in the two-minute drill.
But it went from bad to worse for the home team in the second half.
The teams traded turnovers on three straight possessions to open the third quarter. First it was Romo with a redzone pick to Major Wright. Jay Cutler gave it right back when J’Marcus Webb gave DeMarcus Ware his best O’le and then forced a fumble. Not to be outdone, Romo was picked off by Lance Briggs, who returned it to the house for 74 yards.
Major Wright would snag a second pick and D.J Moore also got in on the action when he jumped a route for an interception of his own. The Bears line only brought Romo down once, but they made him uncomfortable and completely shut down DeMarco Murray. The secondary took care of the rest against a one-dimensional offense.
On the other side of the ball, Mike Tice did a great job of moving Brandon Marshall around the field. Marshall did most of his damage out of the slot over the middle. His touchdown came from the flanker position when no one in the Cowboy secondary bothered to get within spitting distance.
After a slow start, Cutler got things going in the second half to the tune of 275 yards while completing 75% of his passes. He threw for two touchdowns with no interceptions. After the defense set them up for some short fields, Cutler and company started clicking and the route was on.
Matt Forte looked decent in his return averaging four yards a carry, but the Bears went almost exclusively to the passing game in the second half and the results spoke for themselves.
As Lovie Smith loves to say, the first quarter of the season and the Bears come out 3-1 with a share of the division lead with the
Packers err no the Lions err no the 3-1 Vikings in the NFC North.