Chicago Bears: Top 5 Players of Week 3
Chicago Bears: Best 5 Players of Week 3
Three weeks in, and three victories for the new look Chicago Bears.
Now, a few of the hometown fans maybe slightly cynical in their thinking of what the Bears have done offensively through three games. It's for good reason, as this team's offense has had great starts in seasons passed only to falter late in the year when it matters most. Now, I'm not one to intentionally jinx the Bears and based on the offense's performance last Sunday night against the still win-less Pittsburgh Steelers, it's evident that Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte and the other offensive weapons have yet to truly and fully matter in Marc Trestman's West Coast offense. Sounds odd, but that's a great thing for this team. The offense hasn't played it's best complete game of football. Basically, the Bears offense hasn't peeked.
The same can also be said about the team's defense. Now, it's not a new look, despite Mel Tucker taking over as defensive coordinator. It's the same old Cover-2 defensive front that the Bears have been running since Lovie Smith brought the defensive scheme with him by way of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Aside from the addition of a few linebacker blitz packages that the Bears ran during their Week 3 road win, the defense looks similar to their 2012 counterpart, as the unit continues to turn the opposing offense over. So before the Bears take their talents up to Michigan for a Week 4 matchup with Calvin Johnson and Detroit Lions, let's take one last look at which Bears played at an All-Pro level to ensure a 3-0 record going into Week 4.
5. Earl Bennett
Before Week 3, I was like many Bears fans and was starting to question where Bennett's been at up to this point. Sure, it's only been three games, but in those game the other receivers, including Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and the other Bennett on the roster (Martuellus Bennett) have been making huge on the field strides to get in better lock step with Cutler. However, at least for a game, with one spectacular caught, Bennett has reminded a lot of folks that he too has the skill and potential to produce in the NFL.
4. D.J. Williams
Welcome to the Bears D.J. After a two sack performance on Sunday Night, the national spotlight has shined a little brighter on the first year Bear and man who replaced the retired number 54 in the middle of the defense. D.J.'s pressure on the quarterback in Week 3 helped in keeping the Steelers off-balance and turning the ball over which the Bears defense enjoy feeding on.
3. Major Wright
Speaking of feasting on turnovers, Wright was a major (no pun intended) contributor in the turnover department. Having accounted for a 38-yard interception returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble. As usual, the Bears defensed forced the opposing team to cough up the ball. This week, it was Wright who benefited.
2. Jay Cutler
And the lack of turnovers is reason enough for Cutler to make this week's list. The second reason has nothing to do with his Week 3 passing stats and more so in the fact that when the Steelers were starting to claim control of the game in the second-half, it was Cutler that sparked the team and helped them reclaim the momentum of the game.
1. Brandon Marshall
Much like Cutler before him, Marshall makes this list not because of the monster stats that he put up in Week 3 (five receptions for 52-yards), but because of the fact that when the Bears needed a play (a catch), it was none other than the lethal combination of Cutler to Marshall that kept the Bears offense on the field late in the game when the team needed to reclaim control. Marshall was also instrumental in the run game as he was a more than willing down field blocker for Forte.