Marc Trestman was hired for one reason: to bring the Chicago Bears offense into the 21st century. So far, so good. Jay Cutler ended the night with a QB rating over 90, which is his third straight game to hit that mark in 2013, and that is significant when you consider that he only eclipsed 90 a total of five time in 2012. Speed, quickness, and efficiency.
The Bears held a 24-3 lead in the 2nd quarter, but gave the Steelers a little bit of hope until the last six minutes of the game. At one point, Pittsburgh was only down 27-24, but then Cutler hit Earl Bennett in the end zone for a 17 yard touchdown pass. The next possession, the defense put the nail in the Steelers coffin on a 42 yard fumble return by Julius Peppers.
Five turnovers by the Steelers were too much to overcome, and Chicago now sits at 3-0.
We will have a more comprehensive analysis tomorrow, but for now, some quick stats:
Jay Cutler: 20/30, 159 yds, 1 TD, 0 INT, 90.8 rating
Matt Forte: 16 rushes, 87 yds, 1 TD / 4 rec, 24 yds rec
Brandon Marshall: 5 rec, 52 yds
Alshon Jeffery: 7 rec, 51 yds
Ben Roethlisberger: 26/41, 406 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT, 92.1 rating
Jonathan Dwyer: 12 rushes, 39 yds
Antonio Brown: 9 rec, 196 yds, 2 TD
That's all for tonight, folks... Enjoy your Victory Monday tomorrow. What were you most impressed with, and what were the biggest concerns?
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