Chicago’s week one matchup with the Atlanta Falcons looked like a dogfight on paper, but could not be further than that on the field. The Bears put an old fashioned beat down on Atlanta in Soldier Field Sunday, to the dismay of the Falcons faithful.
The two teams traded field goals early, but towards the end of the first quarter Matt Ryan threw a pass, intended for tight end Tony Gonzalez, that was intercepted by the diving Brian Urlacher. On the ensuing drive the Bears ran a fake handoff screen play that Matt Forte seemingly ran through Falcon defenders and up the right sideline for a 56 yard touchdown and a 10 to 3 lead.
The Bears defense continued to dominate in this game with two sacks from both Julius Peppers and Henry Melton and a forced fumble on Falcon running back Michael Turner. Chicago was able to add two more field goals from Robbie Gould. Then in the third quarter Cutler connected with Devin Hester on a 51 yard screen play that Hester took to the goal line, which set up a touchdown pass to Matt Spaeth and a 23 to 6 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Falcons were facing a 3rd and 3 at their own 20 yard line. Matt Ryan took the snap and tried to escape the Bears defensive rush, but fumbled inexplicably, which the captain Urlacher recovered and took to the house for six points and effectively ending the game 30-6.
If the Bears’ defense can play as well as they did Sunday and the offense continues to mature around Cutler, Chicago will be there in the end for a shot at the Superbowl. Cutler needs to maintain his composure game in and game out and it is imperative that this aging defense remains healthy.
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