The Bears Den: November 05, 2012 - Week 9 News and Notes
Bears force 5 turnovers, rout Titans 51-20 - Lovie Smith demanded a fast start from his Bears after a sluggish performance a week ago. They certainly responded.
Bears’ defense, special teams turn in first quarter for the ages - Chris Burke: Chicago became the first team in NFL history to record a passing TD, rushing TD, interception return for TD and blocked-punt TD in the same quarter in NFL history.
Bears win big, gain steam in NFC playoff race - We're seeing what the Bears are capable of when all the lights are flipped on. In an age of NFL parity, this was a parade of dominance.
Team report - The degree of difficulty increases the next two weeks for the Bears when they host the 7-1 Texans and then visit the 6-2 49ers, both in prime time.
Box score - All the game stats you might need.
Bears crush Titans to extend win streak to six - Larry Mayer: The Bears scored TDs on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter Sunday en route to a 51-20 thrashing of the Titans at LP Field.
Larry Mayer's game blog - A slightly disappointing lack of silly questions directed at Larry this week.
Record-setting day for first-place Bears in 51-20 hammering of Titans - Sean Jensen: Charles Tillman forced a career-high four fumbles, and the Bears used a 28-point record-setting first quarter to improve to 7-1.
A look at the scoring plays of the Bears' record-setting 1st quarter - Adam L. Jahns: The Bears set a new team-record by scoring 28 points in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Titans at LP Field.
[Video] View from the Moon - Moon Mullin recaps the Bears' impressive victory.
You've never seen the Bears like this - Rosengush: If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing the Bears return to the total dominance you remember from 1985, this was it. Real, not imagined, and about as efficiently as you could want.
Game notes - Mark Porash: Forte displays his versatility in Bears’ rout, Soldier Field South, and more notes from the game.
Bears quotes - Bears postgame quotes after the 51-20 win over the Titans.
Injury report - Michael C. Wright: Defensive linemen Henry Melton and Israel Idonije suffered injuries during the second quarter, but neither expects to miss any time.
Blowout loss pushes Titans owner Bud Adams to the brink - Owner upset with the direction of his team. Well, his front office wanted Cutler, but he drafted Vince Young. That went well.
Peanut Tillman, defense dominate
Tillman forces career-high four fumbles in win - Larry Mayer: Tillman, Urlacher and the opportunistic Bears defense made sure that no football was safe in the hands of a Titans player Sunday in Nashville.
Tillman making an elite place for himself in NFL history - Sean Jensen: Tillman blows away other defensive backs – even linebackers – with his forced fumbles.
‘Special’ Bears cut Titans down to size - Rick Morrissey: Everybody knows Charles Tillman is a one-man Heimlich maneuver when it comes to forcing fumbles. The Titans know it. The Titans’ mothers know it. And yet...
Beyond Tillman: Anatomy of a “swarm” - Moon Mullin: It's to the point that the Bears are no longer surprised when Charles Tillman is able to punch the ball loose. With four forced fumbles on Sunday, Tillman is making a strong case for DPOTY.
Bears, Tillman deliver knockout - Brad Biggs: Somehow it was perfect that the number the Bears put on the scoreboard was the same as the one they retired in honor of Dick Butkus, the LB celebrated as the most feared man in football during his Hall of Fame career.
Charles Tillman delivers knockout punch early for Bears - Dan Pompei: Everyone at LP Field seemed to marvel at Tillman's ability to get the ball out when the Titans knew he was coming for it.
Urlacher joins parade of Bears defenders scoring TDs - David Haugh: When veteran LB looks this good, defense looks to have no weaknesses and a team with few peers.
Urlacher proving his athleticism still matches his experience - Adam L. Jahns: Until Sunday, most of the stories about Brian Urlacher this season dealt with his gradual return from spraining ligaments in his left knee in the regular-season finale last year. A pick-six can change things.
Bears' defense continues to play at Super Bowl level - Jon Greenberg: The offensive player quotes sound a lot like 2006, when we waited in vain for the offense to match the defense. We'll get a good idea of where they stand in the second half of the season as the competition gets better. But I'll say this, the journey has been pretty fun so far.
Offense, special teams
Marshall hauls in three TDs in victory - Larry Mayer: Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 122 yards and three TDs in Sunday's 51-20 thrashing of the Titans. Plus, more game notes.
Forte does a lot with a little - Vaughn McClure: RB racks up 103 yards, TD on just 12 carries vs. Titans.
[Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6 - Cutler could scramble more to help out his OL, played well in the win over the Titans.
Matt Forte's quality, not quantity make impact - Jeff Dickerson: A week spent wondering if the Bears are giving the ball enough to Matt Forte actually culminated with the Pro Bowl RB getting fewer touches than he did the previous week.
Bears’ offense needs to get on the ‘D’ level - Rick Telander impersonates Rosendoom.
Unlikely star ignites 28-point 1st quarter for Bears - Adam L. Jahns: Considering the way Corey Wootton described the first TD of his career, it was a surprise he didn’t perform the standard slam-dunk over the crossbar celebration.
Hester, Bears special teams make impact - Jeff Dickerson: It turns out the Bears' first quarter punt block call was originally designed for either Craig Steltz or Corey Wootton to get to the punter, not Sherrick McMannis.
Special teams score, dominate Titans - Moon Mulin: Players said coordinator Dave Toub and staff had scouted Tennessee protections perfectly and when the Titans showed this look, the Bears attacked.
Blocked punt for a TD a thrill for Wootton, McManis - Vaughn McClure: Northwestern alums spark Bears with big special teams play. Plus, more team news and notes.
More game analysis
[Video] PGL analysis - The PGL crew have plenty to pick from for the MVPs of the game.
[Video] Pompei & Haugh's postgame analysis - Thoughts immediately following the game.
Bears reach a high point, but questions remain - Dan Pompei: There are two things worth questioning about the Bears as they head into the meat of their schedule. Can they continue to keep playing offense on defense? And can they continue to do more than "hold 'em" on offense?
Brad Biggs' Four downs - The Bears have 28 takeaways through eight games, 16 fewer than they had during their 2006 Super Bowl season.
3 Bears - Vaughn McClure: Charles Tillman is too hot, J'Marcus Webb is too cold. Brandon Marshall is just right.
Five things we learned - Jeff Dickerson's five things we learned from the Bears' win in Nashville.
Matt Bowen's playbook - Breaking down the top three plays of the NFL weekend. Urlacher's pick-6 is one of them.
Now THAT’s a laugher - Dan Bernstein babbles like a simpleton. A simpleton.
Bears sensing something 'special' about this team - Moon Mullin: Julius Peppers is never given to overstatement or hyperbole. For that reason it was noteworthy when the perennial Pro Bowl DE said quietly, “We have something special happening here.”
Photos - Lovie smiling! In two separate photos!
Bonus pic - Need a new Bears wallpaper pic for your 'puter? Hires version of Urlacher returning his interception.
Moon Mullin's grades: Defense - The Bears forced six fumbles, recovered four of them and Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown in the Bears' win in Tennessee. That means sparkling grades for the defense.
Moon Mullin's grades: Offense - The Bears' defense was stellar on Sunday, but the offense may have been just as good. Matt Forte ran for 100 yards and Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall three times for scores.
Moon Mullin's grades: Special Teams - A blocked punt by Sherrick McManis that led to a Corey Wootton scoop and score put the Bears ahead early and they never looked back.
Grading the Bears - Mark Potash isn't as soft a grader as Moon Mullin is, but he also gives straight "A"s.
Michael C. Wright's Report Card - Some concerns for the passing game's slow start.
Adam Hoge's grades - If Rod Marinelli doesn't win Assistant Coach Of The Year, then they need to get rid of the award.
T.J. Shouse's guest video week - "7s are better, but 3s are okay too. Just no zeroes. Zeroes are fascist."