The Chicago Bears yet again proved they could put points on the board late in the game en route to a comeback victory. Against the Minnesota Vikings in a crucial divisional matchup, Jay Cutler took his team on a roller coaster ride but in the end, the Bears prevailed.
One of the biggest reasons for the victory was the play of tight end Martellus Bennett. “The Black Unicorn,” as he calls himself, caught seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns — none more important than the one coming late in the game.
As the Bears were down by six late in the fourth quarter, Cutler and his offense got the ball at about their own 35-yard line with just over two minutes to go. Possessing one timeout, they were positioned perfectly for a last-second victory.
On the final play of the drive, with 10 seconds to go, Cutler hit Bennett for his second touchdown, a 16-yard strike, that proved to be the game-winner.
Bennett has given this offense something it has lacked for quite some time — a legitimate threat at the tight end position. After years with Kellen Davis and his consistently poor play, Bennett feels like a dream to Bears fans.
In his first two games with the Bears, Bennett already has 10 catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns. The ability for Cutler to have a guy like Bennett who can stretch the field as a big body is absolutely a luxury — a necessary luxury.
Bennett, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery are proving to be vital components of this Bears offense which has averaged 27 points per game in its two first contests of the season. With a new head coach in Marc Trestman and a lengthy playbook, Chicago is off to a great start at 2-0.
If Bennett can stay healthy all year long, he could find himself heading to the Pro Bowl at this rate. Cutler sure seems to love him already and he’s proven to make plays when needed. Look for defenses to begin to adjust as Bennett is more involved. It will be exciting to see how things open up in the future for this Chicago offense.