I didn’t know what to expect yesterday. First the Chicago Bears were three-point favorites, and then the nod went to the Carolina Panthers by three-points. What was the result? The Panthers are 0-5, and the game wasn’t close. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Todd Collins throwing four interceptions, it would have been more of a rout.
Larry Mayer has posted an article titled “Forte, offensive line help fill void in Cutler’s absence.” That they did.
It was hard to know what to expect with Jay Cutler out with a concussion, although he is expected to return next Sunday at home against Seattle.
It was an exciting first quarter for a Bears fan. The heretofore defunct running game was revived behind a better offensive line that boasted two new starters. Matt Forte had a career day and rushed for two touchdowns in the first quarter, with runs of 18 and a career-long 68 yards. Forte ran away from the secondary; I didn’t know how fast he was until I saw that touchdown.
Still, I think the Bears are a little premature in saying they had a good running game. Yes, they had a great first quarter, but then the rest of the game they struggled for the most part. Of course it is understandable to let down when your defense isn’t giving the opponent anything, and the Bears’ defense was very effective, holding Carolina to six points, three obtained on the opening drive.
As I mentioned earlier, Todd Collins did poorly and was ultimately replaced late in the third quarter by third-string (but now I’ll bet he’s second-string) Caleb Hanie. He ran the offense fairly well and, as a matter of fact, finally got the Bears back on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with a couple of field goals.
It was a nice game to watch because the Bears got out early and the defense controlled the game.
Coming up is the Seattle Seahawks. This is another game that the Bears should win, and they have been posted as 6.5-point favorites. Still, it is not guaranteed Cutler will start, and you never know what you are going to get with 2-2 Seattle.
Bears fans are always cynical.
Sportsbook.com Website, “NFL Lines For Week 6-NFL Football Line Week 6”
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Forte, offensive line help fill void in Cutler’s absence”