Top 5 Chicago Bears Players From Week 2
Chicago Bears: Top 5 From Week 2
Although Week 2 is a thing of the past, for the Chicago Bears, it's still worth reflecting on the recent past win one last time to better understand what the team needs to do in order to improve their record to 3-0 at the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.
The Bears themselves would probably be the first to tell you that they played a dangerous game versus the Minnesota Vikings. They may have escaped the nail-biting contest with an hideous one-point victory, but there were several Bears both offensively and defensively that made enough game-winning plays for the Bears to remain undefeated at home in the early NFL season.
Once again, although Jay Cutler had a fairly impressive game statically, going 27 for 38, 292 yards through the air and three touchdowns, for all Cutler's good, his few bad plays also kept the Vikings in the game as he accounted fro three out of four of the Bears offensive turnovers. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the offense's Swiss Army Knife, Matt Forte. The former Pro Bowl running back finished the game with 88 yards on 20 carries to go along with his 10 receptions for another 77 yards of production. But, and let me know if you've heard this one before, he had a costly fumble late in the game that give the Vikings a realistic chance to win the game.
Although Cutler and Forte had their missteps through the game it was their teammates that stepped up big time to secure the win.
5. Martellus Bennett
In two games, Bennett has accounted for the same amount of touchdowns, three, as the combined tight ends might have in 2012. It's early, but it's safe to say GM Phil Emery invested wisely in the offseason. If Bennett continues to use his athleticism and sure hands to bail the offense out when needed, then it's going to make for a great season for the tight end.
4. Devin Hester
What superlatives are left to be used about Hester and his (punt and/or kick off)returning skills? He's electric. He's dynamic. He's a game changer. If he has another few games where he gives the Bears offense a short field, you can bet on other teams kicking away from Hester for the remainder of the season.
3. Tim Jennings
What makes the Bears defensive secondary so good is that as good as Charles Tillman is at punching the football loose from ball carries, so is Jennings at picking off quarterbacks. So like what seems like always, the Bears defense created another turnover in the form of a 44-yard interception for touchdown on Christian Ponder that helped the Bears keep pace in Week 2.
2. Brandon Marshall
Without a doubt, when the Bears needs a pitch and catch, it'll most likely be the combination of Cutler to Marshall. In Week 2, the combination was there between quarterback and No. 1 receiver to the tune of seven receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown for Marshall. However, good Marshall has been at making the catch it appears that through two games he's taken more of a leadership role on the team.
1. Lance Briggs
Speaking of leadership. Briggs, with No. 54 no longer on the field, continues to lead by example. Briggs may have finished the game with eight tackles, but the defensive stand late in the game in which Adrian Peterson ran his way out of a possible touchdown drive for the Vikings was aided by Briggs. The veteran continues to be at the right place at the right time on the field.