Yes, I had to ask that loaded question. Because the answer is 1986 (the after the Bears won SB XX). In the 1986 opener, Chicago bum-rushed the Cleveland Browns in a 41-31 victory. In the 1985 opener, the Bears put up 38 points in a come-from-behind win over the TB Bucs. In both seasons, the Offensive Coordinator was none other than Ed Hughes.
Now fast-forward to today with an offense that we compared to the Hughes system, and the results are as expected. After getting off to an expect slow-start; Chicago's offense ran-up 26 first downs, 428 yards total (314 passing & 114 rushing), and a time-of-possession better than 35 minutes. Jay Cutler connected with Brandon Marshall on 9 passes for 119 yards including a TD pass in the red-zone. Matt Forte ran for 80 yards, and grabbed 3 passes for 40 yards (and a TD), with Michael Bush chipping in 42 yards and 2 TD plunges in the red-zone.
We also mentioned that rookie wide-out Alshon Jeffery would prove to be an effective target in the passing game. His 42 yard TD catch was a thing of absolute beauty and capped the Bears scoring in the 4th quarter. The O-Line played much better than expected, and the defensive secondary (lead by Tim Jennings) played extremely well. Chris Conte made a believer out of me with his performance at Safety (and the guy was not even at 100%).
The D-Line showed some difficulty getting consistent pressure on Luck, but came through late with 2 big sacks by Henry Melton. Getting those sacks late in the game can be just as huge as they would at any other time because it’s those big plays that help teams finish games strong.
We will detail all the highlights and low-lights in the game (including a preview of our big game against the Cheese-Shit-Heads on Thursday) in our next edition of “Chicago Bears Extra” on Wednesday at 8pm (est.)
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Alshon Jeffery, Bears Defense, Bears Offense, Bears Offensive Line, Bears vs Packers, Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bear Football, DB Chris Conte, Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Mike Tice, NFC North Division, Tim Jennings