Watching the Chicago Bears beat the St. Louis Rams felt like an ordeal yesterday. The game was so incredibly boring that I had a difficult time not falling asleep on my couch. I mean, this is live professional football on TV and I can barely keep my eyes open. That’s a bit of a problem.
But that is what happens when the game is totally dominated by the Bears defense. These guys were relentless on the pass rush making Sam Bradford wish he was back in Oklahoma during freshman daughter drop-off day. Although, this was the Rams and I’m not going to give all the props to the defensive front four for their 6 sacks because, let’s face it, you need to give credit where credit is due. I’m talking about you, Rams offensive line. Takes two to tango and you guys were lovely partners.
The offense, in general, looked pretty un-inspired on the day with Brandon Marshall dropping a few balls and Jay Cutler being…well…Jay Cutler. I will tell you all one thing: a passer rating of 58.9 isn’t going to inspire all-star play out of anyone. The offense will need to come to play an actual game of football on the national stage next Monday if they want to come out of Dallas with a W.
Let’s take a look at the 3 star players of the game:
One Star – Robbie Gould – Gould connected on all his field goals for the day including nailing a 54-yarder early in the game. Solid special teams play has been a staple of the Bears game plan for nearly a decade and they couldn’t have asked for more out of Gould on Sunday. Having a kicker of Gould’s caliber punishes teams by constantly chipping away at the scoreboard.
Two Star – Michael Bush – Nothing flashy. Nothing pretty. Just hard work grinding down the Rams defense. Bush was a solid replacement for the injured Matt Forte and had the games only offensive touchdown. He did exactly what the Bears needed him to do by sustaining drives and controlling the clock. If Forte is ever out again with an injury, the Bears can rely on Bush to carry the load.
Three Star – Tim Jennings – There isn’t much more to say about Tim Jennings that hasn’t already been said. I don’t think anyone, including the coaching staff, saw this type of production coming out of Jennings this season. Toss another interception into his bin this year to bring the total up to 4 and while Major Wright is credited for a pick six, everyone watching the game knows it was all because of Jennings. Revis Island?? Please. Jennings is staking claim to the best shutdown corner in the league.
Overall, I was not impressed by this game. The offense did not show up on their rebound game and will need to work hard at practice this week in order to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys. The defense? Tall, dark and handsome as usual.
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