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Bears Offense, Week 1 play-by-play (2nd Half)


Thanks for the positive feedback and recs for my first half play-by-play analysis. As promised, here's the second half.

I'm not going to promise a full season of these or anything, since they're extremely time-consuming. But it's fun to do, so we'll see how much stamina I have as the season wears on. I strongly suspect it will have a lot to do with how the season's going.

A few observations from half 2:

1) Ndamukong Suh definitely had less impact as the game went on. He was disruptive in the first half, but as you'll see, the Bears were mostly able to keep him contained. Even Omiyale bottled him up one-on-one during a couple plays. I suppose that's to be expected from a kid in his first real NFL game, but it <b>is</b> a reminder that he's only in his first NFL game. He may be dominant in the future, but he's still got a ways to go.

2) Lance Louis looks far and away like the Bears' best offensive lineman.

3) Matt Forte, in case anyone did not know, is not a capable goal-line back. If you're interested, or masochistic, the big goal-line fail can be found in plays 68-71 below, and long story short, I think Forte is probably more to blame than the line is. Not his fault really - he's just ill-suited for the role, not strong enough to break tackles or move anyone back.

4) Cutler was mostly awesome in this game. He (mostly) made good decisions and (mostly) made accurate throws, most of both of which came under consistent if not quite overwhelming pressure.  

I'll conclude my thoughts by saying what everyone already knows: that the Bears left a lot of points out there, and this game shouldn't really have been close.  As well as the Lions' defensive line played, the Bears still gained a whole lot of yards, and were only kept from scoring when they got in their own way. Beyond their defensive line, it didn't seem to me that the Lions had much going on with their defense, and they're bound to play a bunch of teams with better O-lines than the Bears. Not hard for me to see them getting torched a few times this year.

Similarly, even with Stafford in, the Lions' offense was barely able to move the ball. The Bears' D dominated them in this game until that final drive. It remains to be seen how many defenses the Lions will play this year than are better than this one, but they've obviously got a long way to go.

Long story short, if the Bears hold on to the ball, we're probably making a bunch of Lions jokes and Detroiters are looking for rope again. They've got talent, and their future doesn't look as bad as their past, but right now they still look like a bad team to me.

DRIVE #8, from Bears 36

40. 1st and 10, Forte left guard to CHI 41 for 5 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Hester slot left, Aromashodu and Knox wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center.
Forte takes the handoff about 5 yards behind the line. The Bears begin the second half by driving the Lions back off the line. Kreutz and Garza double-team DT Williams, while Omiyale and Louis double-team DT Suh. Both DEs take themselves out of the play by going wide around the end. This is a rare occasion where Forte is past the line before any contact or having to dodge contact, but the two double-teams mean that none of the three linebackers are blocked. The result is a big pile about two yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which Forte runs smack into. He's able to push forward for a few extra yards before LB Johnson wrestles him down. Good extra yardage on his part to turn this into a successful play.

41. 2nd and 5, Cutler pass short left to Forte for 8 yards to CHI 49, Forte fumbles, recovered by Bears at DET 49
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Hester slot left, Aromashodu and Knox wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center.
A simple little screen to Forte, who has Garza throw a mean downfield block on CB Berry in front of him.  Unfortunately, Kreutz is in his way to his right, and instead of getting behind Kreutz so he can block, he tries to hurdle Garza and Berry. This gets him first-down yardage, but S Delmas is waiting for him when he comes down and knocks the ball loose. Louis is in the right place at the right time, though, and falls on it. Lucky!

42. 1st and 10, Taylor right tackle to DET 43 for 6 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, K.Davis down. Knox and Hester wide. Manumaleuna and Taylor in the backfield, Cutler under center.
Taylor takes the handoff about four yards deep. First off, K.Davis gets away with a clear hold on LE Avril, who's coming around from the outside. Omiyale handles DT Suh by himself, sealing him off left as the play goes right. Taylor follows Manumaleuna through the hole, but lead blocker Manumaleuna whiffs on his attempted block of S Brown after crossing the line of scrimmage, forcing Taylor back inside. Kreutz is there to seal off LB Johnson, who has over-pursued the play. This has slowed things up to the point where the defense is starting to converge around the ball, though, and RE Vanden Bosch throws Taylor to the ground. Still a nice gain on first down, but it might have been a long gain if Manumaleuna makes his block.

43. 2nd and 4, Taylor right tackle to DET 41 for 2 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Knox and Aromashodu wide. Taylor in the backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
In response to the shotgun formation, the Lions line up seven down on the line, but drop three back at the snap. Taylor takes the handoff about three yards deep. I'm not really sure what this play is designed to do. LE Avril runs himself out of the play wide, leaving a lot of room for Taylor to run right, but there are simply not enough blockers. For his part, Garza makes a block on LB Peterson, but S Brown is there to make the tackle for only a modest gain. It looks like Aromashodu was perhaps assigned to block him, but lined up wide he wasn't in a position to do so and subsequently gets there late and is caught standing around. It's also possible that he simply didn't sell the pass well enough to pull Brown out of the box; he took a few steps after the snap and then sort of stopped. Or perhaps the play was designed to go up the middle instead of right, but Taylor improvised. I have no way of knowing what was supposed to happen, but I feel like this was a poorly designed run play.

44. 3rd and 2, Cutler pass incomplete short right to Aromashodu
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen slot left and Aromashodu slot right. Hester and Knox wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler in shotgun
A rare Lions blitz, as CB Smith rushes from the strong side. Forte comes across from the weak side to pick him up. This is a quick slant route to pick up the easy first down, but Cutler leads Aromashodu right into a crushing hit by S Brown, knocking the ball loose.

45. 4th and 2, PUNT

DRIVE #9, from Bears 38

46. 1st and 10, Cutler pass deep right to Aromashodu for 18 yards to DET 44
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Hester slot left, Knox and Aromashodu wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Play action fake seems to have little effect. Williams keeps RE Vanden Bosch contained on the outside, and Manumaleuna keeps LE Avril bottled up. Kreutz and Garza double-team DT Williams to good effect, while Omiyale and Louis double up on DT Suh. This keeps Suh away from the play for a while, but then they both abandon the block at the same time, leaving Suh free. I can't guess why this happens - Omiyale seems to decide to help Manumaleuna with Avril, although the TE isn't having any problems, and I guess Suh is then able to simply shake off Louis. The result is that Suh gets a free shot at Cutler as he releases the ball. It's on target nonetheless, though, and Aromashodu catches before being tackled by CB Houston.

47. 1st and 10, Cutler pass short right to Olsen for 9 yards to DET 35
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Knox and Hester lined up close left. Aromashodu wide right. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center.
Slow developing TE screen, with Williams getting abused by RE Vanden Bosch, but nonetheless keeping his man in front of him. Honestly, there's nothing here, as Omiyale is unable to block LE Avril, giving Avril a chance to end this play for a Bears' loss. But Avril overruns him, perhaps because of a slight shove that Omiyale manages to give him, and Olsen is able to turn upfield for positive yardage. Forte attempts to put a block on LB Peterson, to little effect, and Peterson and DT Williams pull down Olsen. But not before Olsen carries them forward four extra yards.

48. 2nd and 1, Forte right guard to DET 35 for no gain
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Hester motions slot right to left. Knox and Aromashodu wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center.
Lions line up with six down linemen. Forte takes handoff about 5 yards deep. Hester actually tries to get into blocking on the line here, to predictable ineffectiveness. He feints at DT Williams, with , but Williams doesn't seem to notice and goes right by him. (Chris) Williams also takes a dive at him, but appears to instead hit Garza, with them both going down. This leaves LB Peterson unblocked, and he's able to stand Forte up at the line, with Williams and Vanden Bosch helping to take him down.

49. 3rd and 1, Cutler pass short right to Knox for 5 yards to DET 30
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Aromashodu slot left, Hester and Knox wide. Olsen and Forte in the backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
Another simple short-yardage play for a first down, as Knox curls inside for the easy first before being collared by S Delmas.

50. 1st and 10, Cutler sacked at DET 38 for -8 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Aromashodu slot left, Knox and Hester wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center.
The Lions' first real sack of the day comes with them showing seven down lineman, two of which drop back into coverage at the snap. Olsen heads out for a pass route, and Taylor heads left for a possible screen. Omiyale picks up the safety blitz by S Brown, and Kreutz takes on LB Peterson, also rushing. Louis, however, loses his block on DT Suh early, and Suh is able to get to Cutler, nearly knocking the ball out of his hand. As Cutler moves left to get away from him, he's swallowed by DT Hill, who's pushed Williams straight back into the pocket like a tackling dummy.

51. 2nd and 18, Cutler pass incomplete short right to Knox
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen slot left, Aromashodu slot right. Hester and Knox wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
Once again, the Lions collectively destroy the Bears at the line with only a four-man rush, with Cutler forced to get rid of the ball barely two seconds after getting it, and from the shotgun, no less. But this is either a miscommunication or a badly designed play, as both Knox and Aromashodu end up in the exact same spot. Neither one catches it.

52. 3rd and 18, Cutler pass incomplete short middle to Taylor
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen slot left, Aromashodu slot right. Hester and Knox wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
Same formation, same four-man rush, same results. Louis keeps his block on DT Suh, and even stays with him after Suh disengages and tries going the long way around. But Omiyale puts a pitiful effort into blocking LE McBride, and McBride forces Cutler forward into the oncoming pressure. RE Vanden Bosch runs right into Kreutz, taking himself out of the play, and knocking Garza out of his block on DT Hill. A surprised Williams then stands and watches Hill run right by him for a shot at Cutler. By this point, Cutler's just trying to stay alive, and gets a throw off in Taylor's general direction as Hill pulls him down from behind. It's perhaps somewhat ill-advised, but it's an open part of the field and it falls harmlessly to the ground.

53. 4th and 18, PUNT

DRIVE #10, from Bears 27

54. 1st and 10, Taylor right end to CHI 28 for 1 yard
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Manumaleuna in motion TE left to TE right. Knox and Hester wide. Olsen and Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center.
Cutler pitches right to Taylor, with Olsen ahead of him as lead blocker. Omiyale starts the play by shoving LE Avril back to the inside, away from the play, but falls down in the process. He's not able to get up quickly enough to be of any use to Taylor, who is now trying to get to the right edge. Manumaleuna, despite being lined up on the right, stays in the middle of the pile to block, and also falls down, which not only removes him from the play but keeps Louis from getting anywhere as well. Predictably enough, with so many blockers tied up away from the run, Taylor finds the Lions' linebackers waiting for him. Olsen tries to cut LB Follett, but is mostly ineffective, and Follett's able to step over him and contribute to the tackle along with three other Lions, one of whom is DT Suh who has beaten the entire Bears OL to the spot.

55. 2nd and 9, Taylor right guard to CHI 28 for no gain  
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Aromashodu slot left, Knox and Hester wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center
Taylor takes the handoff about 4 yards deep, and surprisingly has a big hole open in front of him. Olsen has LE Avril sealed off on the one end, Williams has RE Vanden Bosch taken care of on the other. Omiyale and Louis have DT Suh double-teamed, and Garza and Kreutz are doing the same to DT Williams and have pushed him back a couple yards. As with earlier plays, though, the double-teaming comes at a price, and CB Smith is able to come in unblocked. Aromashodu, from the slot, comes over in what looks like an attempt to block Smith, but as with earlier similar plays is late. Taylor tries to cut back inside to avoid Smith, but can't, and Smith pulls him down for no gain.

56. 3rd and 9, Cutler scrambles left end to CHI 39 for 11 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Aromashodu in left slot, Hester and Knox wide. Taylor and Olsen in backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
Once more the Bears get obliterated at the point of attack. Detroit shows 7 down on the line, but the three LBs all drop back into coverage at the snap. So even though the Lions are only rushing 4 and Olsen and Taylor both stay in to protect, Cutler's feeling pressure immediately. For whatever reason, Kreutz and Garza are double-teaming the Lions' least effective pass rusher on the day, DT Williams. This works out OK, but it leaves DT Suh on his own against Louis, and this time Suh beats Louis. Fortunately for the Bears, he then runs into LE Avril, who's drawn both Omiyale and Taylor but is gaining ground quickly on Cutler, and both defenders go down. Williams has been driven back by RE Vanden Bosch, though, and is getting no help from onlooker Olsen, causing the primary pressure on Cutler. Cutler steps up to avoid him, but Vanden Bosch skakes Williams free and pursues the QB from behind, at which point Cutler takes off. Olsen runs out to his left, as if to take a pitch, which Cutler cleverly fakes in his direction, causing CB Smith to overpursue and giving Cutler enough space for the first. A terrific heads-up play by Cutler.

57. 1st and 10, Cutler sacked at CHI 34 for -5 yards. Cutler FUMBLES, recovered by Detroit
Olsen, Manmaleuna, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Hester and Knox wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center.
How much blame one assigns to Cutler for this sack probably goes a long way in demonstrating how much that person likes Jay Cutler. As they've been doing all game, the Lions only rush 4, and the combo of Louis/Kreutz/Taylor/Garza/Williams keep three of them bottled up at the line (as we would hope they could, given that kind of numbers advantage). The problem is that Omiyale gets eaten up by LE McBride, who hasn't even been much of a pass rusher so far in this game. He drives Omiyale back three yards behind Cutler before shaking him off and hitting the QB from behind. Critics would say that Cutler probably could have known it was coming, being from his right, but he only had about 2 full seconds to do his reads before having to go into damage control mode. Since Omiyale has completely lost his guy, Cutler has no chance, although he ought to have tucked the ball when he felt the rush behind him. If there was ever a good time to take a holding penalty, Omiyale just missed it.

DRIVE #11, from Bears 9

58. 1st and 10, Forte right end to CHI 26 for 17 yards  
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Hester slot left, Knox wide left. Clark and Forte in the backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes the handoff about 5 yards deep. At that time, he's got no hole in front of him, but follows Clark, his lead blocker off right end. Omiyale has knocked DT Suh back inside, and Olsen has moved LE Avril off the play to Forte's right. Louis misses a block on charging CB Houston, and subsequently moves back inside for a second block on Suh. Clark does make the block on Smith, though, and Forte makes a nice move to beat an unblocked S Brown, who has an opportunity to shut the play down for minimal gain, with a stiffarm to the face. Now that he has some open field, Forte can pick up some yards, and he makes S Wendling (I think) miss after 13 yards. A few yards later he's pushed out by LB Peterson. Good play by Forte.

59. 1st and 10, Forte right guard to CHI 30 for 4 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Aromashodu slot left, Hester and Knox wide. Manumaleuna and Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff about 4 yards deep. Good blocking by the line this time. Williams and Omiyale keep the DEs outside as Forte heads up the middle. Louis has sealed off DT Suh to Forte's right, and Kreutz is already in the second level engaging LB Peterson (I think). Garza has sealed off DT Williams to Forte's left, and Manumaleuna, acting as FB, makes a nice block on LB Johnson, Forte's last remaining obstacle before an open field and big yardage. But Forte runs right into Kreutz/Peterson about three yards past the line, even though he has a huge hole and all kinds of room to his right with just a simple cut in that direction. He doesn't see it, I guess, because he even has Knox out there waiting to block for him. Still OK first-down yardage, but this is the least amount of yardage Forte could have gotten given his blocking.

60. 2nd and 6, Forte left guard to CHI 35 for 5 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Olsen motions from FB to down left. Hester slot left, Knox wide left. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff about 5 yards deep. For the second straight play, good surge by the OL. Manumaleuna forces LE Avril outside and then gets a block on CB Houston, who had been lined up as a fourth LB. Omiyale forces Suh inside, to Forte's left, and Forte sneaks through the hole created by Manumaleuna and Omiyale. Louis has pushed into the second level and gets a block on LB Follett. S Phillips comes diving in, and Forte hurdles him, but is unable to come down on his feet. A workmanlike, efficient 5-yard gain.

61. 3rd and 1, Forte right tackle to CHI 39 for 4 yards
Olsen, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, K.Davis down. Aromashodu wide right. Manumaleuna and Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff about 4 yards deep. More good work by the line. K.Davis locks up LE Avril on the outside, and Louis and Omiyale knock DT Suh back, giving Forte a hole. Garza meets LB Peterson to allow Forte through, but Manumaleuna, acting as FB, whiffs on S Phillips. Plus, Aromashodu gets caught standing around instead of blocking CB Houston, even though he's standing right next to him, which gives nowhere for Forte to go, and Phillips cuts Forte's legs out from under him. It's a first down, but a couple secondary blocks by Manumaleuna and Aromashodu would have sprung Forte - once again this is the least amount of yardage that could have been had given the performance of the line.

62. 1st and 10, Cutler scrambles left end to CHI 44 for 5 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Hester slot left, Knox wide right. Clark and Forte in backfield.
On the left, Williams gets position on RE Vanden Bosch, and even gets him down on the ground. Kreutz and Garza double-team DT Williams, while Louis gets help from Clark on DT Suh, giving up space but also driving him wide right out of the play. But Omiyale has gotten whipped by LE Avril on the edge, forcing Cutler to scramble. Cutler actually has Forte open in front of him - and Forte appears to have all kinds of space open in front of him - as he approaches the line, but Cutler keeps it instead and heads towards the sideline to his left. LB Peterson forces him out.

63. 2nd and 5, Cutler scrambles left guard to CHI 47 for 3 yards + 5 yard DEFENSIVE HOLDING penalty to DET 48
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Olsen motions TE right to TE left. Knox and Hester wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Hester appears to be going inside on a slant, but is held by CB Houston (flagged) and spun around. Olsen also goes out for a short route, but is picked up by LB Peterson, taking away Cutler's second read. By the time Forte gets open in the middle on the screen, the pocket has completely collapsed around Cutler. Williams has given up the edge to RE Vanden Bosch, forcing Cutler up, where a double-team on DT Williams by Garza and Kreutz has not kept him from lunging at Culter now. Cutler avoids him, and narrowly escapes Vanden Bosch, now diving at his feet from behind. A fantastic job by Cutler to avoid the sack and get positive yardage, and the penalty on top of that gives the Bears a first down.

64. 1st and 10, Cutler pass short left to Forte for 6 yards to DET 42
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Manumaleuna TE right. Aromashodu slot right, Knox and Hester wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Williams (intentionally) lets RE Vanden Bosch through, where he's picked up by Forte as Cutler rolls out right. Once Forte disengages Vanden Bosch and Vanden Bosch continues his pursuit, Cutler flips it to Forte on the reverse screen. Kreutz and Louis are out front of him blocking, and helpfully cuts Forte off in order to block a defender that Forte has already run past instead of the man in front of him, slowing Forte up enough that Vanden Bosch, in pursuit after getting burned, trips him up from behind. Once again, a successful play but it feels like the least they could have gotten from it.

65. 2nd and 4, Forte right guard to DET 42 for no gain
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Knox and Hester wide. Clark and Forte in the backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff about 4 yards deep, and basically has a wall in front of him. Garza's already on the ground after the initial contact from DT Hill (though he brings Hill down with him). Williams and Kreutz push past the line to engage the linebackers, but this allows RE Vanden Bosch to come in unblocked.  I'm not really sure what the design was on this play, but Forte follows his lead blocker Clark right, into the part of the line with the most traffic, where there's no chance of breaking through. And when he's forced to slow up, Vanden Bosh grabs him from behind before he can even get back to the line. Forte falls forward for no gain. Given that Kreutz and Williams had advanced downfield on the left, I'd guess that's the direction the play was supposed to go, not right as Clark went.

66. 3rd and 4, Cutler pass incomplete deep right to Knox
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen slot left, Aromashodu slot right. Hester and Knox wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler in shotgun
A rare Lions blitz as CB Smith joins the rush from over Aromashodu. This appears to confuse Omiyale, who briefly hesitates before committing to blocking LE McBride. Taylor picks up Smith, but a little late, and they're right in Cutler's face. DT Suh, meanwhile, has easily broken through the solo block by Kreutz, and is closing in free and clear of obstacles. With the pocket quickly disappearing, Cutler perhaps hurries the throw, but Knox breaks his route off anyway, and the ball lands fifteen yards away from the nearest human. Billick seems to blame Knox for the miscommunication, but the reality is that it was a poor throw anyway, both overthrown and inside of Knox, where S Phillips had position. So no chance of a completion, even if Knox and Cutler were on the same page.

67. 4th and 4, PUNT

DRIVE #12, from Lions 1

68. 1st and goal from 1, Forte right guard to DET 1 for no gain
K.Davis, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Asiata, Olsen down. Manumaleuna motions TE left to backfield. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff three yards deep. He would have had a good chance if he had made for the right edge, as Manumaleuna has sealed it off. But instead he charges stright in the middle, where he runs into Garza, and tries to push him forward into the end zone. It almost works, but Forte's not strong enough to move the pile like this, and Garza gives way and hits the deck. Forte is stood up by DE McBride while S Delmas (who has not been blocked) tries to strip the ball. Asiata is in position to block McBride, but he's sort of standing around watching, and in fact has his back towards the end zone. Omiyale, for his part, manhandles DT Suh on this play without any help.


69. 2nd and goal from 1, Cutler pass incomplete short right to Olsen
Olsen, Asiata, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, K.Davis down. Manumaleuna in motion in backfield, Forte in backfield. Forte under center
This play had no chance. No one bites on the play-action fake to Forte, and LE McBride comes in unblocked. He is in Cutler's face immediately, and Cutler heaves it out the back of the end zone as McBride pulls him down.
 
70. 3rd and goal from 1, Forte left guard to DET 1 for no gain
K.Davis, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Asiata down. Olsen motions TE right to backfield. Manumaleuna and Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff three yards deep, and appears to have a hole just left of center. That's the direction he heads, behind blocker Olsen. Olsen dives forward into the end zone as if he has the ball, accomplishing nothing in particular, allowing LB Follett to put a hit on Forte. It appears to only be a glancing blow, but happens just as Forte is preparing a leap of his own, and Forte goes down. Hard to really blame the blockers for this one, as most of the Lions close enough to make a play are on the ground. Williams and Garza have both taken their men down, and Kreutz has pushed another back away from the play. I think Forte ought to have gotten in here. He only had Follett to beat, and didn't take much of a hit from him. He's got to have more strength than that on the goal line.  

71. 4th and goal from 1, Forte right tackle to DET 1 for no gain
Olsen, Asiata, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, K.Davis down. Manumaleuna and Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Forte takes handoff about 3 yards deep. Lead blocker Malemaleuna cuts left towards the middle, but Forte freelances right towards the end. He even looks like he'll make it, as Omiyale has once again put a strong solo block on DT Suh, and Davis is engaging LB Ekejiuba, albeit somewhat weakly. He has a hole ... but LB Follett gets there first and seals it off, while Davis simultaneously loses his block on Ekejiuba. Forte gets no push, falls down, and that's that.

DRIVE #13, from Lions 41

72. 1st and 10, Cutler pass short right to Forte for 1 yard to DET 40
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Aromashodu slot left, Knox and Hester wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
This time the screen to Forte fools no one on the Lions, as DT Williams is practically giving Forte a hug when the ball is delivered at the line. He tries to swat it away and misses, though, and Forte's able to break free of him. He now has Kreutz and Louis blocking ahead of him, but both for some reason go to block LB Peterson out of the play, leaving LB Johnson free to make the tackle for only a very modest gain. Why Kreutz didn't attempt to block Johnson I do not know; he was in better position to block him than to go over and help Louis with Peterson.

73. 2nd and 9, Cutler sacked at DET 41 for -1 yards
Manumaleuna, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Aromashodu slot left, Hester and Knox wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
RE Vanden Bosch blows up Manumaleuna on the left side, but is stopped when Williams and Forte pick him up in the backfield. DT Suh is double-teamed by Kreutz and Louis, while Garza keeps DT Williams at bay. On the other end, though, Omiyale is slow out of the blocks and LE McBride is by him before he can get position. He pushes McBride down to Cutler's right, but Avril is able to get up and beat Omiyale again, forcing Cutler to take off back up the middle. He's tripped up by DT Williams and goes down. Billick says here that the ball needs to come out quicker, but it's not like Cutler was holding on to it a long time.

74. 3rd and 10, Cutler pass short left to Aromashodu for 3 yards to DET 38
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. R.Davis slot left, Aromashodu slot right, Hester and Knox wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler in shotgun.
Another Lions blitz, as LE McBride drops into coverage and CB Smith and LB Johnson (I think) join the rush. Both make it through, as Forte gets to Johnson late and no one picks up Smith, giving him a clear shot at Cutler which he takes. Cutler does get the ball off, but it's only for a short gain to Aromashodu who's running a shallow crossing route. Aromashodu takes a brutal hit to the side of the knee by S Delmas.

75. 4th and 7, PUNT

DRIVE #14, from Bears 44

76. 1st and 10, Forte right guard to CHI 46 for 2 yards, negated by 10 yard HOLDING penalty to CHI 34
Kreutz gets called for holding DT Williams. Can't really blame Kreutz here, as it was a draw play and Kreutz just got caught finishing his block when Williams turned away to try to pursue the runner.

77. 1st and 20, Cutler pass incomplete deep left to Knox
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Manumaleuna down. Aromashodu slot right, Knox and Hester wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Again, Cutler can barely complete his drop before he's getting pressured from both ends. LE Avril has gone right around Manumaleuna, who's just not quick enough to block a guy like that, and Williams gets away with another blatant hold when RE Vanden Bosch gets around him. Apparently not wanting to deal with his any longer, Cutler fires to an open Knox but airmails him. If S Delmas had been paying attention to the ball instead of lining up to cream Knox, he would have intercepted it easily. Delmas recognizes this and proceeds to hang his head in shame.

78. 2nd and 20, Cutler pass short right to Taylor for 18 yards to DET 48
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. R.Davis slot left, Olsen slot right, Knox and Hester wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler in shotgun
Williams continues to have trouble with RE Vanden Bosch, who gets almost all the way to Cutler before Williams pushes him down with a somewhat dicey grab-pull-push move. Cutler also has DT Suh in his face, as Louis has given up a lot of ground, but Kreutz comes in and helps push him aside. Omiyale has gotten LE Avril out of the way on the right edge, but DT Williams has steadily pushed Garza back into the pocket as well. All of this is to say that Cutler is surrounded when he dumps off short to Taylor, who makes LB Peterson miss and gets a great block from Hester of all people about 10 yards downfield on LB Johnson to spring him another 8 or so yards.

79. 3rd and 2, Cutler pass short right to Olsen for 13 yards to DET 35
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale, Olsen down. Aromashodu slot left, Knox and Hester wide. Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center
Lions rush 5 again, but Cutler gets rid of the ball before he even finishes his 5-step drop, so nothing can come of it. He finds Olsen in a nice soft spot in the zone for a first down. Nice read, nice throw. If the Bears had no OL, it wouldn't have much mattered on that play. And honestly, the Lions were basically conceding the first down anyway, as they gave all four Bears receivers plenty of room off the line to complete a quick short-yardage pass.

80. 1st and 10, J.Cutler pass incomplete short left to Aromashodu, negated by 5 yard DEFENSIVE HOLDING penalty to DET 30
CB Smith called for the penalty, holding Aromashodu ever-so-slightly as he broke outside. Probably wouldn't have been called if it hadn't been right in fron to the official. And in the file of "Things Broadcasters Say but Cannot Possibly Mean," Billick says that "whether the official saw the hold or not, he had to know too much contact was being made."

81. 1st and 10, Taylor left end to DET 20 for 10 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen slot left, Aromashodu slot right. Knox and Hester wide, Taylor in backfield, Cutler under center.
Cutler pitches left to Taylor. The Bears appeared to have disguised this play well, as the Lions only rush 4 and are very slow getting outside left. Louis is quick getting downfield and puts a block on LB Johnson, which combined with a quick block by Williams on LB Peterson opens up a big lane for Taylor to run through. Knox misses S Delmas, but Delmas overpursues and isn't a factor. Taylor's in the secondary before he's brought down.

82. 1st and 10, FALSE START penalty to DET 25
Garza.

83. 1st and 15, Taylor left guard to DET 28 for -3 yards
Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Olsen, Hester twin slot right. Knox and Aromashodu wide. Taylor in backfield, Culter under center
Taylor takes the handoff about 3 yards deep, and doesn't have much chance. The handoff leads him directly into a pile consisting of Williams, Garza and Kreutz, along with RE Vanden Bosch and DT Williams. Taylor can't avoid smacking into the pile, and goes down with all the rest of them.

84. 2nd and 18, Cutler pass deep left to Forte for 28 yards, TOUCHDOWN
Olsen, Williams, Garza, Kreutz, Louis, Omiyale down. Aromashodu slot right, Knox and Hester wide. Forte in backfield, Cutler under center
Trouble right away here, as RE Vanden Bosch and DT Williams have (Chris) Williams and Garza respectively beat before Cutler's even finished his drop. So Cutler heaves it into the endzone, a little bit off his back foot. He takes the hit from Vanden Bosch, and you know the rest.

DRIVE #15, from Bears 25

85. Cutler kneels at CHI 24 for -1 yards
Bears win!

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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