The Bears offense exploded for 41 points and forced Indianapolis into 5 turnovers. Bears started off slow, but then showed what this offense was built to do, score points. Bears rested Urlacher and found some rhythm to defeat the Colts 41-21.
Jay Cutler had a tough start. First possession was 3 and out. On the first play of the second possession, Bears started at their own 4-yard line. Jay dropped back to pass and looked to his right where he had Forte circling out of the backfield. However, Colts LB J. Freeman read the play, stepped in front of the pass, and easily jogged the four yards for the first score of the game. Colts lead 7-0. The 60,695 in attendance at Soldier Field were silent.
On the third drive, Cutler lead the Bears on 11 plays, 80 yards, in 4:04 minutes for their first score of the game. Cutler only completed one pass on the drive, but did force 2 Passing Interference penalties on the Colts secondary. The first was over the middle, intended for E. Bennett, for a 19-yard gain. The second was down on the goaline to B. Marshall, which gave the Bears 1st & G from the 1. Look for this mismatch of B. Marshall in the red zone to be a common theme all season. RB Michael Bush punched in the score from there.
Jay Cutler had 2 more incompletions on the Bears 4th drive, which led to another 3 and out. So after 4 drives, Jay’s totals were: 1 completion, 10 attempts.
Then #6 found his groove, completing his next 11/12. Jay finished 21 of 35 for 333 yards with two touchdowns and a 98.9 passer rating. After the pick-six and 1/10 start, Jay settled in and played well. Bears scored on five straight possessions (if you don’t count the kneel down at end of 1st half). Jay’s two passing touchdowns were to B. Marshall and A. Jeffery.
Jay’s next game to earn a higher grade from ADSD is Thursday night at Lambeau Field vs. Green Bay Packers.