Last year at this time, the Bears opened the season with a win over the Detroit Lions that to many say was given to them by the refs. From that point on, all of the NFL talking heads never took the Bears seriously as a top contender, even when they made it to the NFC Title Game.
Today! The Bears and Jay Cutler have put everyone on notice after they completely dominated the Atlanta Falcons for 4 quarters in a 30-12 opening day victory. Jay Cutler was 22-32 for 312 yards, 2 TDPs, and a QB rating of 107.8 for the game against a top rated defense. Cutler's lone INT was all but a fluke late in the 4th quarter when 3 Falcon defensive linemen came through the backfield, and were in Cutler's face before he could say his own name. The result was a deflected pass which landed into the hands of Kroy Biermann who ran into the end-zone for birds only TD.
Brian Urlacher continued to show why he is "The Man" in the windy city by leading the team in tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery he took to the house to cap the Bears scoring making the game 30-6. The Bears defense completely melted down Mattie-Ice with 5 sacks on the day. On offense the running game was a bit sluggish, but I'll take that in any game as long as the O-Line keeps Cutler clean, and give him sufficient time to distribute the ball as he did in this game.
Now regarding Roy Williams 4 grabs for 55 yards, to me the jury is still out. I would like to see Mr. Williams dump his "1st down" pose for 2 raised arms pose signaling a "touchdown". With Williams size, he could be a serious red-zone threat, not just a possession receiver. Nonetheless, TE Matt Spaeth could emerge as a formidable red-zone target with his TD catch in the 3rd quarter.
Yes, I was pleased with pretty much all aspects of the Bears performance in this game, but what impressed me even more was how the players responded to the victory. They took a business-as-usual approach, and did not rush to excitement knowing that it's only 1 of 16 games. Now the most impressive segment of-all, was the 9-11 tribute and singing of the National Anthem which was simply breath-taking. No other town in America could do a better job in expressing their heart-felt patriotism than Chicago. THE WINDY CITY TRULY ROCKS!!!!!
Join us for our 30 minute recap of yesterdays game, and our predictions and insights for the upcoming season on tonight's edition of The Chicago Bear Talk Forum Show at 6:30pm est (5:30pm cst) .