Last week, the Chicago Bears waited until the fourth quarter to put everything together. Monday night, Chicago came out firing right away and had to hold on as things got tight late.
Capitalizing on a number of early New York Jets miscues, the Bears dispatched the Jets 27-19 as Jay Cutler improved to 7-1 as Chicago’s quarterback on Monday Night Football.
The Bears (2-1) didn’t blow the Jets’ (1-2) doors off, and New York was able to move the ball on Chicago, especially as the Bears’ defense was once again decimated by injuries. The Bears simply took advantage of the opportunities the Jets gave them by scoring touchdowns, and that wound end up being the difference.
New York had a chance on its last drive, taking the ball to the Bears’ 9-yard line, but Chicago’s pieced-together defense held up.
The Bears’ injuries continue to mount, but Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall prove just how tough they are. Though both are dealing with injuries, the Bears’ wide receivers continue to play through pain. Jeffery (hamstring) was targeted often Monday night, and was able to catch eight passes for 105 yards.
Marshall actually left in the second quarter when he aggravated his right ankle injury, but returned in the second half and caught a touchdown pass that was called back by a Bears penalty.
Now we all know that Condoleeza Rice is also a member of Augusta National which makes you wonder if there are may be some backchannel meetings going on just in case the shit hits the fan and Rice herself will be named the next office secretary to Roger Goodell.