Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the locker room at half time.
Lovie Smith was agitated as he talked to Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman about the first half performance. I don’t know what was said, but I am sure fiery and passionate Chicago fans would have been happy with the head coach’s halftime speech.
The players received the message and the Jaguars received a beating in the second half to the tune of 41-3.
Jay Cutler lead the offense on a 17-play drive to open up the third quarter. It only netted them a Robbie Gould field goal, but they controlled the clock and kept their defense fresh on the sidelines. The Bears had 133 yards in the third quarter to the Jags -1.
It was a dominating performance from the defense again.
Charles Tillman brought back an interception for the second consecutive week and extended his record to seven touchdowns. Not to be outdone, Lance Briggs brought one back for his second pick six in back to back weeks as well. According to Elias it’s the first time in franchise history the Bears have returned interceptions for touchdowns three weeks in a row.
With 38 second half points, the Bears had a laugher on their hands after going into the half tied at three.
In a season that was supposed to be about the new high-flying offense, the defense continues to wreak havoc for opposing quarterbacks. The D held the Jaguars to 189 total yards in addition to scoring two touchdowns. Corey Wootton had two sacks with the first forcing a fumble at the perfect time as Jacksonville was deep in Bears territory.
Cutler was off to a slow start, but he found his groove in the second half, connecting with Brandon Marshall 12 times, including on a touchdown. The TD catch was after a beautiful stutter step move that Marshall burned the corner for an easy pitch and catch. Cutler ended with 292 yards, two scores and a 88.8 rating.
It was all smiles and hugs from the quarterback on the sideline as this game got out of hand in the fourth quarter.
The Bears will head into the bye week at 4-1 and a share of the division lead with Vikings who shut out the Titans on Sunday. The win coupled with a stunning loss from the Packers in Indianapolis gives them a two-game cushion over Green Bay.
Everything is going according to plan through the first five weeks.