Written by: David Kruk (@DKrunk5)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Here we are two games into the season and I’ve already had my fair share of heart attacks. In the first game of the season, the Bears entered the fourth quarter losing. The second game, they were tied going into the fourth, but didn’t score a single point until there were ten seconds left in the game. Each game resulted in a win thanks to the offense and Jay Cutler. Yes, you heard that correctly, thanks to Jay, the Bears were able to drive down the field and score game winning touchdowns. Cutler is known for having a good amount of game winning drives in his career (19), but the Cutler we all know would usually force a throw into triple coverage hoping for a miracle. But enough about Cutler, let’s take a look at the team as a whole and revisit some of my predictions from the first article.
1) Martellus Bennett: There really isn’t much I need to say about this guy, the stats explain themselves. Through two games, he has 10 catches averaging 12.5 yards and has scored 3 touchdowns, including the game-winning catch last week. If that wasn’t impressive enough, he leads the team in touchdown catches and has been the most productive tight end that the Bears have had in a decade (seems that way at least). If he can stay healthy, he will be a crucial asset to the Bears offense this year.
2) Defense: As many of you recall from the previous article, I had mentioned to watch for Jennings and Tillman to have another fantastic year. Thus far, Tillman has two interceptions and Jennings has one that he returned for a touchdown. Jennings has also forced two fumbles, one that lead to the Bears scoring a touchdown to take the lead against the Bengals (Sorry Curt). That being the good, the Bears have only recorded two sacks through two games. This will become an issue when they start playing the Packers and the Lions later in the season.
3) The Offensive Line: The only thing you need to know about the offensive line is that they have only allowed Cutler to be sacked once in two games. No it’s not April 1st, this once scrutinized and hated offensive line has actually decided to earn their paychecks this year. Though, the running game isn’t at its finest, so they aren’t perfect yet!
4) Devin Hester: To be honest, I was still convinced Hester could be turned into a wide receiver (unlike turning Tebow into a QB), but after the game against Minnesota, I can see why Trestman made the switch. Hester has 280 yards on 6 kick returns through two games this year. Look for him to make history, because he hasn’t had a stretch longer than two years without a touchdown in his career (the end of this year would be 3 years).
I will be the first to admit that the Bears have yet to look pretty for an entire game this year, but they have found a way to win. Yes, there was a great deal of luck involved, but hey the Ravens had a 4th and 3 states (3 states is correct yardage) for a first down last year and they won the Superbowl. I still believe the Bears will go 10-6 and make the playoffs in the Wildcard spot, even though they are currently in first place in the division.