While the Chicago Bears may be 3-1 and tied for first in their division, I’m not ready to call them the best in the NFC North yet. COming off a blowout win on Monday Night Football against the Dallas Cowboys there is plenty of reason for optimism, but also for doubt as well.
Now I can’t be too harsh on the Bears offense, as their top RB Matt Forte has been dealing with an ankle injury. Forte came back on Monday, and while he didn’t look as explosive as his usual self, he still did enough to make this Bears offense versatile. Through 4 games Jay Cutler has been good and bad at times, with some controversy along the way. While I still don’t believe Cutler has proved himself as an elite QB, who you can rely upon to win the big games, I have never denied his arm strength or toughness. Behind an offensive line that seems to allow pressure on every play. It is that same O-line that Cutler has a problem with, after shoving J’Marcus Webb on national television. The best player on this team so far has been WR Brandon Marshall. Gone are the days of off the field distractions, this has been an all business season for Marshall. If he can keep up the play on the field, and stay quiet off of it, he could be in for a monumental season.
While I have issue with the Bears offense, I have nothing but respect for their defense. Even after being called old, worn down, and just past their prime, they have come to play this season. This unit can do it all, either putting pressure on the QB, shutting down the running game or forcing turnovers. I want to focus on interceptions specifically, where the Bears lad the NFL with 11 interceptions. Two of the men behind that stat are Tim Jennings (4 interceptions) and Major Wright (3 interceptions). This is a very smart, opportunistic Bears defense who isn’t afraid to bite on passes. While it is always a risky position to use, it has paid off thus far, and as long as it continues, we will be talking about one of the best defense’s in the league
Jay Cutler 67 completions of 117 attempts for 917 yards// 5 TD’s 6 INT’s
Michael Bush: 54 carries for 180 yards// 3 TD’s
Matt Forte: 36 carries for 163 yards// 1 TD
Brandon Marshall: 23 receptions for 352 yards// 2 TD’s
Alshon Jeffery: 12 receptions for 164 yards//1 TD
Kellen Davis: 6 receptions for 103 yards//1 TD
Matt Forte: 8 receptions for 86 yards
Lance Briggs: 25 tackles
Chris Conte: 22 tackles
Major Wright: 20 tackles
Henry Melton: 4 sacks
Julius Peppers: 2.5 sacks
Israel Idonije: 2.5 sacks
Tim Jennings: 4 interceptions
Major Wright: 3 interceptions
D.J. Moore: 1 interception
If there is one concern I have for the Chicago Bears it isn’t Jay Cutler, it’s their 2nd half schedule. Games against the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and even the Minnesota Vikings leave the Bears in a tough spot in the downward stretch. There is a long way to go for the Bears, but they haven’t hit the toughest part yet.