Turning the Page
The Chicago Bears must have decided that winning by three points was getting old, as the offense put up 37 points en route to a 37-13 win over the St. Louis Rams.
The win is especially impressive when you look at the numbers. The Rams rank sixth in the NFL in yards per game allowed, giving up 331.9 yards and today the Bears almost had 400 yards.
This was a very well coached game on both sides of the ball!
At the half, Jay Cutler had 224 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns. He had two passing touchdowns to Zach Miller and one to Jeremy Langford. Miller hauled in an 87-yard touchdown pass and Langford caught an 83-yard screen pass for a touchdown.
For the record, the longest reception touchdown in Bears history is 89 yards. Both of these big plays helped the Bears confidently get a good sized lead on St. Louis in the first half. Oh, and yes they did break a record as Cutler became the first quarterback to toss two 80-plus yard touchdowns in a single game.
Have yourself a day Langford! The rookie finished the game with 182 yards, 73 rushing and 109 through the air.
This is the second week in a row that Jeremy has proven he has a future in Chicago.
Miller led the team in receptions with 5 for 107 yards. He’s definitely making the offense lethal by becoming another weapon in Cutler’s arsenal.
Cutler finished the game going 19 of 24 for 258 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Jay was sacked twice for 14 yards in this game, with one sack coming from a broken screen play.
The defense played really well against a 31st ranked offense, that averages only 309.6 yards per game. The Rams are last in the in NFL in passing yards per game with 178.7 and Nick Foles threw for 200 yards. He was also sacked once by Lamarr Houston late in the fourth quarter.
Don’t let that one sack deceive you, the Bears had 10 hits on Foles, so he was definitely feeling the pressure. Luckily, the defense without Pernell McPhee was able to create some pressure.
Shea McClellin forced and recovered a fumble today by stripping the ball from Tre Mason in the first quarter.
Welcome back, Shea! 🙂
It was nice to see the Bears get after the ball again this week with another forced fumble. Hopefully, this confidence from the Bears defense continues when they come home to face Denver next Sunday.
Green Bay lost to Detroit 18-16, and the Vikings (7-2) have sole possession of the NFC North.
Taking a look at the remaining division schedule, our Bears play Green Bay on Thanksgiving, then they play the Vikings on December 20th, and finish the season against Detroit in Week 17.
The Bears have dropped all the division games so far…
However, now that the Bears are clicking it would be interesting to see the team take back all three games. Doing so would definitely boost the playoff push that the Bears are contending for.
The Bears potential playoff run continues next week against John Fox’s former team, the Broncos.
Denver dropped their game against Kansas City in a 29-13 loss. Peyton is struggling, he went a lowly 5 of 20 for only 35 yards and 4 interceptions.
With that kind of performance, it’s tough to gauge how the game next week will go, but so far I’m feeling pretty optimistic.