The Chicago Bears were very impressive last Monday night in defeating the Dallas Cowboys 34-18. There were many stars in this game, but none brighter than Jay Cutler. He made some great throws and finally found chemistry with his old pal Brandon Marshall. The two hooked up for 7 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Many of us fans have been waiting to see what the offense can do, and last Monday night were were given a little taste. While the defense dominated the contest, the offense set the tone early by running the football. This strategy will be very important down the stretch as the Bears will help their questionable offensive line by establishing the run and forcing teams to respect it. When that happens, the passing game will open up and the Bears will become the complete offensive team many of us have been waiting our lifetimes to see.
With a game this coming Sunday against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars and the bye week to follow, the Bears are in fine shape heading down the middle stretch of the season. While no game in the NFL can ever be taken for granted, the Bears certainly appear to be the better team than the Jaguars, so a record of 4-1 isn't out of the question.
As the saying goes, there's plenty of plays that look like Tarzan but play like Jane.. Kellen Davis fits that mold. However, he finally showed some skills in the passing game making two key catches. If he continues to grow as a tight end, the Bears will have one more offensive weapon. While his blocking is still an issue, Davis may contribute after all. And for many of us Bears fans, it would be a welcome sight.
Henry Melton is going to be a rich Bear very soon. Playing in his contract year and dominating threw four weeks is really helping his cause. The former fourth-round pick out of Texas is proving to be one the league's premier interior defensive linemen. Along with Julius Peppers, these two are forming one of the league's best pass rushes. I used to think Tommie Harris of his early years was a unique talent, but Melton may be that much better.
Lance Briggs is a stud. While he does receive recognition around the league through his Pro Bowl appearances, he is still one of the most underrated players in the league. I was glad to see him score a touchdown on Monday night, it has been a long-time coming. And Briggs certainly shined at an opportune time.
Charles Tillman is one of my favorite players. It is not because he is the greatest player of all time or he does spectacular things, he is just a tough SOB that gets after it on the field. But he is an absolute ball hawk. His ability to strip footballs as well as tackle really makes him such a unique player. When the story is written about Tillman's career, he should go down as one of the all time very good players. It is still a joy to watch him compete.
As we see in this photo, Devin Hester made a heck of a touchdown catch on Monday night. He was asking for the football, and he produced. While we all know Hester for his return game, it was nice seeing him contribute offensively. Hester is still a special weapon. He can outrun most players. Using him as a game-breaker makes him valuable. And don't worry, he is still a dangerous returner.
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