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The Bears Den: September 12, 2011

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"...where we have enough balls to go around."

Bears crush Falcons in season opener | Larry Mayer: The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball in an impressive 30-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's season opener at Soldier Field. Highlights

Cutler fuels potent passing game in win | Larry Mayer: Cutler fueled an explosive offense that generated points on five of its first seven possessions in a 30-12 rout of the Atlanta Falcons, last year’s No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Photo Gallery

What a difference 9 months makes for Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler - Dan Pompei: Nine months after enduring an awful day at the office, Bears QB Jay Cutler has a great one at Soldier Field in a 30-12 victory over the Falcons. Video.

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Bears make opening statement with 30-12 rout of Atlanta Falcons - Brad Biggs: The Bears took apart the conference's top-seeded team from a year ago piece by piece, dominating at the point of attack and winning in all phases. Bears quotes: Cutler, Urlacher, Forte, Peppers

Big plays all around as Bears make statement in season opener - Chicago Sun-Times Sean Jensen on the Bears. Grading the Bears

Urlacher showing no signs of age - David Haugh: Key interception, fumble recovery for TD spark season-opening victory. Matt Forte makes case for contract extension. Rosenblog:Matty Iced. And Diced. And Sliced.

15 on 6: Cutler starting to shine in Martz's offense Year two of Martz's offense is when things are supposed to take off, Jay Cutler looks like he is well on his way to a big season, according to CSN's Jim Miller. Bears Grades: High marks across the board John Mullin Video

Bears’ Brian Urlacher seems to be getting better with age - Chicago Sun-Times Joe Cowley: Asked if it was simply the Bears’ defense picking up where it left off last season, Urlacher’s hair would have stood up — if he had any. Bears’ defense dominates against Falcons

Williams, receiving corps solid in season opener - Vaugh McClure: Roy Williams and the Bears' receiving corps was in sync with quarterback Jay Cutler in Sunday's season-opening win. Melton still working on a dance to go with his sacks.

Morrissey: Answer given to Bears doubters, but it’s only the first game.

Bears' rout: a harbinger of things to come? - Inside the Bears Mark Potash: Rarely have the Bears fooled us on opening day -- and that goes back to the Halas era.

Bears-Falcons: Five Things We Learned - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Jeff Dickerson goes over Five Things We Learned vs. the Falcons on Sunday. Video: JD and Wright on Bears' win

Bears, Falcons moved by 9/11 ceremony - Chicago Bears Blog - ESPN Chicago Michael C. Wright: The moving scene of patriotism at Soldier Field was one several players said they’ll always remember. Jay Cutler didn't miss many openings

Bears' defense was right from the start- ESPN Chicago Melissa Isaacson: Veterans shine, but play of young players could complete picture of great D. Hester terrific in return to kick-return team

Remember this Bears' defense? | National Football Post Matt Bowen with a quick look at why the Tampa 2 shut down the Falcons.

Jay Cutler, Bears rout Falcons in opener – Mike Dodd: As opening arguments go, the Bears sure made a strong one. All doubters that they're contenders should consider Sunday's rout of the Falcons. Video.

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