When Charles Tillman's football career is over he can always find a job as a teacher. His patented "ball punch” will certainly be a move coaches around the league attempt to integrate into their defensive players' repertoire after Sunday. Tillman flat out dominated the Titans by personally forcing four fumbles as the Bears cruised to a 51-20 romp over the Titans. The game was never in doubt as the Bears dominated from the very first play when Charles Tillman (above) stripped the ball from Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt. The Bears got on the board thanks to the special teams unit as Sherrick McMannis blocked a punt from Brett Kern and Corey Wootton returned the block for a touchdown.
"We didn't want to have a repeat of last week. Our motto all week was, 'Let's start fast'," said Tillman. The team took that motto to heart and by the end of the first quarter the Bears were up 28-2, the most points scored in the first quarter in franchise history. The Bears got some big contributions from Brian Urlacher who forced a fumble and got a pick six and looked like the old Urlacher again. The interception was the teams' seventh pick six on the season and now only two shy of the club record. On offense the Bears started out slow but found their way behind Brandon Marshall dominating with nine catches, 122 yards and 3 touchdowns. In addition to the three touchdown passes to his favorite target Jay Cutler went 19/26 for 229 yard. The running game looked solid as Matt Forte racked up 148 total yards (103 rushing, 45 receiving) and a touchdown.
The 51 points the Bears put on the board was the most for a Bears team since 1980 when they rolled the Packers 61-7. On the other side of the field the Titans seemed out of sync from the beginning. Matt Hasselbeck was under pressure the majority of the game and grew impatient with his wide receivers over sloppy play. Chris Johnson rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown but also had two drive killing fumbles which were both recovered by the Bears. "We made it easy for the Bears to beat us today," Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
The Bears moved to 7-1 and now face the toughest part of their schedule. During the last eight games of the season the Bears will only play two teams currently with or below a .500 record. The Houston Texans are up next and will easily be the biggest test for the Bears this season. At 7-1 the Texans are the top team in the AFC and are loaded on both sides of the ball. Both the offense and defense for the Bears will have big tests as the Bears offense must try to keep pace with the Texans' offense as well as keep Cutler upright against J.J. Watt and the Texans' #3 defense. On the defensive side, the Bears will try to continue to create turnovers but have to contain Arian Foster, Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. All of those elements and add to the fact that the game is on Sunday Night Football in front of a national audience and it should be an extremely entertaining game. A win over the Texans would definitely shut up some of their critics who say the Bears haven't beaten a tough team yet. For now, the Bears and their fans will enjoy this win but it will be back to business to prepare for the Texans.
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