The Chicago Bears beat the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick 31-26. The game was not as close as the score suggests. The Bears were in control for most of the game.
Larry Mayer has posted an article at the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Impressive win gives Bears one-game lead atop division.” The Bears were impressive, as was Jay Cutler.
The Eagles opened the game with a field goal, and it seemed the Bears might have problems with Vick and the offense, but they shut them down pretty well. At the same time, they scored two first-half touchdowns, started by a 61-yard run by Matt Forte and a long run after a reception by Devin Hester.
Michael Vick had not had a pass intercepted all season but got “picked” late in the first-half just as the Eagles were going in to score the go-ahead touchdown. The Bears then took the ball down and scored another touchdown, increasing their lead to 21-13. In the second half, they would increase their lead to 31-13 before the Eagles would score another point.
Cutler threw four touchdown passes, and the receiver who made his presence known was Earl Bennett, who caught two of Cutler’s scoring throws.
I have concluded that Bennett, while not having the speed of Knox and Hester, has the best hands in the Bears’ receiving corps, and further has the body, much like Greg Olsen. He can take passes away from smaller defenders.
The Bears defense played well and in fact the entire team showed they have been improving in every phase of the game. While the offensive line still has its faults, overall it is doing better.
However, the defense had the safeties play very deep and the front four were able to get pressure on Vick. In fact, they sacked him four times, and every front lineman got in on at least one sack.
I was happy to see Cutler get a penalty for getting angry because the referees failed to call pass interference.
Something that was shocking was that a fan died from a fall during the game.
The Bears are showing that they are really a good team.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Impressive win gives Bears one-game lead atop division”
ESPN Website, Associated Press, “Authorities ID man who died at stadium”