Bears fans everywhere felt a bit of nausea in week one, followed shortly by a huge sensation of relief when Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson fell victim to a technicality in his game winning (or not) touchdown catch.
And despite giving up 374 passing yards to Tony Romo and an uncharacteristically sour Dallas Cowboys team last week, the Chicago Bears are 2-0 riding their high horse into week three to play the Packers.
All technical talk and sourness aside, Jay Cutler and Matt Forte have been the definition of a two-headed monster for Chicago’s offense. Cutler is 44 of 64 with 649 yards passing and five touchdowns thus far, while Forte accounts for nearly everything else including rushing yards and leads the team in every statistical receiving category. In other words, their offense may become a problem very soon.
As everyone knows, to have a successful passing game in the NFL, a decent running game must be a threat. Although Forte may look good on a fantasy team, someone should tell him that he’s a running back and part of his job is to run the ball well. Forte may have 188 yards receiving with three touchdowns, but he’s only managed to rack-up 79 yards rushing and has yet to score a rushing touchdown.
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The Bears true test is going to come this week against a solid Green Bay defense that will be prepared to put a hold on Cutler and Forte Monday night. But the key to a Chicago win is going to hang on the shoulders of their defense. Their defensive front and linebacking corps led by Brian Urlacher is currently ranked first against the run, but shutting down the Packers air attack must be first priority. If the Bears show up with their 27th ranked passing defense, there will most certainly be a tally in their loss category at the end of the game.