Today the Chicago Bears beat the Indianapolis Colts 41-21, in their 2012 regular season opening game. The Bears offense that many had been hoping to see for a few seasons, finally seem to show up today.
Fans had been anxious to see Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall reconnect now that they have been reunited in Chicago, and they managed to do so 9 times for 119 yards. It was obvious that Cutler’s comfort level with Marshall had not diminished from their days together with the Denver Broncos, as Cutler seemed eager to make Marshall his number one target.
The Bears running game, which looked anemic during the preseason, had been a concern going into the regular season. However, the running game didn’t disappoint as Matt Forte and Michael Bush combined for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Chicago offensive line opened up some huge holes for Forte and Bush, and dominated at the line of scrimmage.
The normally ferocious Bears defense played well, even in the secondary, where some concerns had been expressed. The Bears intercepted Colts quarterback Andrew Luck three times, and forced and recovered a Luck fumble. In addition to rookie quarterback three times, the Chicago defensive line remained stingy on the run game, allowing only 63 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
But the news wasn’t all good for the Chicago Defense. It was clear that Brain Urlacher was not the same player, and was feeling the effects of missing the preseason and most practices while recovering from injury. Urlacher looked slow and couldn’t hit his spots as quickly as he normally does, which is to be expected when recovering from knee injuries. Urlacher also spent a lot more time standing on the sideline than usual, which shows he’s still needing further recovery.
The only in-game injury was to cornerback Charles Tillman, who’s spot was filled by Kelvin Hayden. The extent of the injury to Tillman is not yet known.
My MVP of the game: Yes, even with the offensive explosion, I will still give it to a defensive player and that would be CB Tim Jennings, who played an outstanding game. He had two interceptions, and one deflection that resulted into an interception.
The Bears are on short rest this week, and will play their next game on Thursday in a prime time match-up on the NFL Network, against the division rival Green Bay Packers.