12:12 AM CDT, August 24, 2013
Jay Cutler made quick, accurate decisions, Matt Forte was dangerous everywhere and Marc Trestman’s play-calling used the width and depth of the field. Like that, the Bears piled up 212 yards and three TDs in their first 20 plays. Now, can they do that against a real NFL team?
Oakland fans were booing in the first quarter. Philadelphia is jealous.
I know it’s only the exhibition season, but after the last two games, I think the Bears should petition to move to the AFC West.
On the Bears first offensive series, Cutler spread the ball to Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett for first downs. Hey, look! Other offensive options!
How many times have we said it: Cutler only looks for Jeffery.
Brandon Marshall, seriously, dude?
Cutler threw to three tight ends in the first quarter. The first quarter, do you hear me? Two were caught. Whoever sends Fendi Onobun into a pattern should be fired.
Two things about Forte’s 32-yard TD catch-and-run: Jeffery and Martellus Bennett made terrific blocks to open a lane and Cutler might’ve learned he could throw big TD pass on a lateral.
How did the Raiders respond to a big kickoff return? Charles Tillman sacked Raiders QB Matt Flynn on a corner blitz, that’s how. Nice defensive wrinkle when you can blitz your best cover corner.
Isiah Frey’s interception seems bigger in light of Zach Bowman’s hamstring injury.
A holding call cost the Bears about 25 yards on a big Devin Hester punt return. Since when do you have to bother holding a Raider?
Stephen Paea was a force up the middle. With Henry Melton concussed, Paea will need to be.
Jon Bostic, the rookie linebacker fresh out of college, showed the veterans how to play the read-option. Now the vets have to teach Bostic pass coverage.
Marshall drop. Jordan Mills false start. Bears timeout. Bennett drop. Cutler underthrow under pressure. Can’t you just draw up a play in the dirt infield against the Raiders?
And there’s your regularly scheduled J’Marcus Webb holding penalty.
Michael Ford has developed into a thing. He showed a couple great moves on that 15-yard TD run, and before that, he showed he can punish tacklers more than Armando Allen. But Ford isn’t the special teams regular that would clinch a roster spot.
There’s Marquess Wilson flashing across the middle. His blocking needs work, but I love Wilson as a weapon.
Cornelius Washington just keeps showing up.
If the third quarter was any indication, then none of the Bears starters is are allowed to get hurt.
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