Bears Grades Week 3: The Beatdown in Big D
So this is what a real offense looks like?
Bears fans have waited patiently to see their new look offense and the potential it has. Well Bears fans, here it is. But is it finally here to stay?
After struggling for most of the first three weeks of the NFL season, the Bears finally flashed the offensive threat that’s been missing in Chicago for many years. An offensive threat that when hitting on all cylinders and paired with this dominant defense, could be a scary sight for the NFL.
From the get go the Cowboys were no match for the Bears on a crisp Monday Night in Arlington. The Cowboys were completely stymied as the Bears dominated and rolled to a 34-18 win in prime time.
Now sitting at 3-1 and tied for the NFC North lead, could this be the turning point in the Bears season? Could this game finally get the offense clicking? We can only wait and see.
Here’s the Bears week 3 grades for their big win against Dallas.
Jay Cutler flashed his potential again for Bears fans. Slinging the ball all over the field, but in a good way this time. Cutler made key throws to move the Bears down the field and finished with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
He found his connection with Brandon Marshall early and often. The two connected on a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to all but end the game for the Cowboys.
Cutler did have a fumble in the second half of the game, taking too much time in the pocket after finally being stripped by DeMarcus Ware.
When Cutler has time and plays well, the Bears will continue to play well.
Running backs: C+
Matt Forte made his return after suffering an ankle injury in week 2, but finished with just 53 yards. It was obvious Forte is still being bothered by the ankle injury. Something to look at as the season goes on.
Michael Bush looked like he was going to have another big role for the Bears as Forte limped to the sidelines on the Bears first offensive play. That wasn’t the case as Forte finished the game.
Both Brandon Marshall and Devin Hester recorded touchdown grabs for the Bears. Marshall had another big game, hauling in seven receptions for 138 yards. The Bears receivers seemed like they could take what they wanted from the Cowboys secondary.
Tight end Kellen Davis made one of the best catches you’ll see all season long to seal the Bears victory in Dallas.
Offensive Line: B+
The offensive line had a tough task coming into the game. Going against a pretty good Dallas defensive line, the Bears offensive line held their own. They only gave up two sacks, and for the most part gave Cutler great protection. That great protection lead to success through the air for the Bears. This type of play is needed every game from the offensive line.
Defensive Line: B+
The defense continues to play at a high level and it starts with the defensive line. They had the job of getting pressure on Romo and containing him while not letting him escape the pocket. The Bears did a pretty good job of that as they recorded one sack, but had pressure on Romo all game.
The Bears continue to get solid play from Henry Melton, Corey Wooton and Israel Indonije to compliment Julius Peppers. The defensive line certainly has been a strong point for the Bears so far this season.
The Bears linebackers didn’t have a great game, yes they did have a interception for a touchdown thanks to Briggs, but they had a productive game to say the least. They contained running back DeMarco Murray, and were in the backfield on a lot of running plays.
The Bears blitzing scheme also worked to perfection causing Tony Romo to rush throws, and not pick up rhythm throughout the game.
The Bears secondary has been one of the strengths of this team and it shows again in week 4. The secondary had four interceptions on Tony Romo, including Charles Tillman’s pick six to set the momentum in Chicago’s favor early on.
Tim Jennings continues to play at a high level as he recorded another tipped pass. On the safety side the Bears have received solid contributions from Major Wright and Chris Conte. A positive when during the off-season, the safety position was considered a weakness for the Bears.
Special Teams: B-
Not much to complain about here. Brian Moorman did pin the Bears deep in their own territory early on, and they still don’t have a return touchdown.
Robbie Gould continues to have another good start to his season.
The Bears had a good game plan going into Dallas, and they executed it well. The coaching was key all game, as the Bears were able to get better on first downs and stop the Cowboys offense.