Well the Chicago Bears finally did it. Finally put forth a performance worthy of a national audience. And I, for one, couldn’t be happier that it was against the Dallas Cowboys. Outside of the other NFC North teams, the Cowboys are easily my least favorite team. Not sure if it is Jerry Jones, Tony Romo or every media outlet in the world always talking about the Cowboys being preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl. Was a big fan of Emmitt Smith though.
One Star – J’Marcus Webb – The day I never thought would come has arrived. It is a day where I am giving a few kudos to Webb. Don’t get me wrong, I still think this guy is absolute garbage who should be washing cars in Oak Brook but he had an alright outing on Monday night. Webb had his work cut out for him too; he was going against Demarcus Ware all night and only allowed one sack which was totally Jay Cutler‘s fault for not stepping up in the pocket. I am in no way, shape or form ready to endorse J’Marcus Webb as a quality player but I will give him props for stepping it up on the national stage and playing well during a big game.
Two Stars - Lance Briggs – Where have you been all my life Briggs? To be honest, I am pretty sure the entire defense can get a star for their performances on Monday night. Every one was stepping up and making plays when it mattered. That was classic Tampa-2, bend but don’t break, hawk the ball all night long type of defense. But Briggs made the play of the game when he took advantage of some Henry Melton pressure and pick-sixed a ball almost 80 yards. He even out ran Demarco Murray which is extremely impressive for old man Briggs.
Three Stars – Jay Cutler – I have officially stopped reading anything about Cutler. The dude posted UNBELIEVABLE numbers against the league’s top defense and all anyone wants to talk about is how he blew off Mike Tice. You know what though? I just straight up don’t care. Cutler can be the biggest jerk in the world but so long as he wins football games, he will keep at least one guy happy. Cutler completed over 75% of his passes with a majority of them being targeted at 10+ yards. If that isn’t the mark of a good QB then I don’t know what is. However, and as I stated with Webb, I will not be all-in on Cutler until he strings some consistent outings together. Unfortunately, next week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t provide Cutler the biggest test but it will be interesting to see how he (and the coaches) approach this game.