Defense turns it on after a shaky first half: The Bears defense had their worst half of the season against the Jaguars. They stopped Maurice Jones-Drew and made the Jaguars one dimensional, the problem was they made Blaine Gabbert look like Joe Montana in the pocket. Despite that the Bears were able to hold the Jaguars to three points, but reportedly at half time head coach Lovie Smith wasn’t happy.
The speech obviously resonated throughout the whole team. In the defense case, they limit the Jaguars offense to 189 yards in the game including three sacks and two pick sixes.
The Bears defense is playing at an elite level right now heading into the bye week.
Offensive Line quietly doing a decent job: Not only this past Sunday against the Jaguars, but the past three games the Bears OL have been doing a pretty good job. Outside of Gabe Carimi‘s rough moments, the Bears played decent against a Jaguars defensive line that has some talent on it.
The Bears might have found their best five OL led by Lance Louis who has been the Bears best lineman in my opinion.
Game balls to an offensive and defensive player: For offense, it goes to Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall who looked like a man among boys out there. As sad as this sounds, Marshall is arguably the best WR in Bears history through five games of the season.
For defense it goes to three players; Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, and Corey Wootton. Tillman and Briggs became the first players in NFL history to record scoring touchdowns in consecutive games.
Wootton recorded two sacks in Sunday’s contest, bringing his total three and a half for the season. Wootton is quickly establishing himself as the team’s second best edge rusher next to Julius Peppers.
“Last week [against the Dallas Cowboys], I didn’t have too good of a game,” Wootton said. “The coaches were on me. I just knew I had to come out and really do something this game, and [have] an impact off the bench.”
Overall analysis on the game: The Bears took care of business against an inferior opponent. The Bears are now 4-1 tied for first in the division heading into the bye week.