First off our thoughts and prayers go out to Lavoyda Lenard, Brian Urlacher and family.
The Chicago Bears future Hall of Fame line backer mother passed away Monday at her home outside of Mount Pleasant, TX.
The Bears conerstone line backer left the team to be with his family after the news broke of his mothers passing and his status for Sunday's game was uncertain.
But there will still be a game, the Bears will still be playing the 2010 Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints (0-1,) coming off a crushing loss against the Green Bay Packers in the final seconds. No doubt they will be ready to play, but I think the Bears might be just as prepared for the task.
Riding off a 30-12 dismantling of the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, the Bears look to build momentum heading into the second game of a very difficult strength of schedule in Week 2 against the Saints. The Bears first half schedule has the Monsters' playing the Falcons, Saints, G.B., and Minnesota and Tampa Bay all before the Bye.
Not to mention the Philadelphia Eagles the week after the bye.
So the Chicago Bears (1-0) head into the Superdome with much momentum, having contained a high-octane passing attack lead by quaterback Matt "Matty-Ice" Ryan and running back Michael Turner. The Bears secondary stepped up in a major way, giving prospect for the future with an interception and a impressive five put-downs in an effort that saw 276yds passing with a completion percentage of 66.
The Bears defense was it's usual self in the effort, racking up five sacks, six tackles for loss, and 11 hits on the quarterback. The cherry on top may have just been Julius Peppers forced fumble sack on Matt Ryan, recovered by Brian Urlacher for 6 points the Bears way.
"As I See It," Urlacher returned back to Halas Hall three days after his mother's passing, giving the Bears an undoubted edge going into Sunday. Though he will be playing with grief, we should expect a "vintage" Urlacher performance against the Saints in the Dome'. He is also coming off of Defensive Player of the Week (10tckls, 1INT, 1PD, 1 fumble recovered for TD, 0 sacks)
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