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Bears Offense Inept Against Packers

James Tillman

The “Chicago Bears” were riding a wave of expectations into the season-opener against their NFC North rival Green Bay “packers”. The acquisition for “cutler” was suppose to be the major piece of the puzzle that would finally stabilize the quarterback position and hopefully enable the team to have a balance pass-run attack unlike last season. However, all the expectations would come to a screeching halt once the game began. The Bears would end in their first series on a quick three and out. The second offensive series wasn’t much better as the “cutler” and his receivers did not appear to be on the same page. He threw two consecutive passes that should have been picked off before throwing a pick that was intercepted. “Cutler” completed only four of his first eleven pass attempts for 43 yards and looked like a quarterback that the city of Chicago has been trying to forget, Rex Grossman. His three interceptions thrown in the first half (including two in the red-zone), were a career-high. The offensive that was supposed be such an improvement was anything but as “cutler” found himself having to scramble out of the pocket for much of the game. The Bears’ only points of the first half came on a safety with 5:52 remaining. Despite all of the team’s miscues in the first half they still only trailed by a point before “cutler”’s third interception of the half was returned to the 1 yard and the “packers” would punch it in for 7 to take a 10-2 half time lead. “cutler” finished the first half 8 of 22 for 127 yards.

The second half began on a much better note than the first as the Bears’ offense finally seem to come alive. The Bears would score on their first two possession of the second half courteousy of a Hester touchdown reception and a Robbie Gould field goal provided a short-lived 12-10 lead. Green Bay would grab back the lead 13-12 following one of the strangest plays I have witnessed in a football game. The Bears were about to punt the ball when snapper Pat Mannelly thought he saw an extra Packer defender on the field and snapped the ball directly to Garrett Wolfe instead of the punter. Wolfe only gained four yards on the play and as irony would have it, the extra defender was able to get off the field in time prior to the snap. Even so, the Bears had a chance the Bears still had a chance to put the game almost out of reach as their offense moved the ball to the five yard line with a few minutes remaining in the game. However, the “packers” defense stopped the Bears and they would have to settle for a field goal and a 15-13 lead with 2:35 remaining. So again, despite all of the talk coming into the season about how good the offense was supposed to be, the game would hang in balance of the defense once again. On a third and one, Aaron Rodgers found a wide open Greg Jennings for a 50 yard touchdown score that would put the “packers” up 21-15 with only 1:11 remaining. In spite of everything, the Bears still had a chance to win the game albeit a slim one. However, any hopes of a “cutler” miracle comeback were quickly put to rest as “cutler” threw his fourth interception and thus ending the contest.

Although the Bears lost the game, the offense did a few bright spots and it’s hard to imagine “Cutler” duplicating such a forgettable performance as the season progresses. The defense played really solid and if not for Vasher slipping on the touchdown pass to Jennings, the defense was the most valuable unit of this game. The Bad news is that Urlacher and a few other key players on the defense suffered injuries and it will be interesting to see if they will have to miss significant time for the injuries to heal. If the Bears are going to be successful on offense, the offensive live must provide “cutler” with better pass protection and the receivers have to do a better job of separating themselves from the defenders. If the Bears can improve in these areas, they may be successful going into the game against the Steelers next week.

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