The Bears are a force to be reckoned with in the NFC. Today Chicago dismantled the Tennessee Titans in all aspects of the game 51-20, starting on special teams and continuing that dominance on offense and defense. For the third time in their last four games, the Bears got some offensive help through their defense and special teams. Corey Wootton started the scoring when the Bears blocked a punt and he recovered to run it in for the last 5 yards and the opening touchdown. After their lone blunder in a penalty that resulted in a safety for the Titans, Chicago scored the next 24 points, and appear to be firing on all cylinders. The ageless Brian Urlacher scored on a 46 yard interception return at the end of the first quarter, and after 15 minutes the Bears had already pounced to a 28-2 lead that they never relinquished.
In addition to the touchdowns, Charles Tillman forced four (4!) fumbles and the Bears finally got some much needed help from their offense. Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall three times for touchdowns, and Matt Forte punched in another touchdown in the deciding first quarter. Chicago’s decision to bring in Brandon Marshall continues to develop into one of their best organizational decisions of the past few years. Cutler and Marshall had great chemistry in Denver, and with the addition of Marshall and Cutler’s old QB coach Jeremy Bates, the QB-WR combo is possibly the best the Bears have had in their storied history. That is, however, to take nothing away from the spectacular performance the Bears D put on once again. Chicago took advantage of Matt Hasselbeck from the start, holding him to under 200 yards and sacking him twice. A late 80 yard touchdown to Chris Johnson may have led the score to be misleading, as 51-20 does not even tell of the utter dominance of the entire game.
The Bears are now 7-1 and are atop the NFC North halfway through their season, and show no signs of slowing down. It will be interesting to see how long the Bears’ defense can keep up their torrid touchdown pace for, but for now we can all sit back and enjoy the show that they put on week after week. Next up for Chicago will be one of the games of the year, as they square off on Sunday night in prime time against the AFC leading Houston Texans. Stay tuned for more Bears information, and enjoy your week!