Found November 06, 2012 on
It has been a long time since anyone has seen a defense do some of the things that the Chicago Bears defense is doing in 2012.  But some have questioned whether or not the Chicago Bears are leaning too heavily on their stellar defense. Thru their first eight games the Bears defense has allowed 15 points per game, which is just .7 more points per game than the legendary 1985 Bears defense allowed in their first eight contests.  They have also returned seven interceptions for touchdowns already, which is just two shy of the all time record held by the 1961 San Diego Chargers. While these are staggering statistics, it is reasonable to assume that the defense won’t continue at this pace for the rest of the season.  Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has addressed the need for the offense to step up. “Right now we’re talking an awful lot about our defense,” said Smith. “But before this season is over, hopefully this week, it’s going to shift where we’re going to be talking an awful lot about the weapons that we have and offensively plays that we’re making.” Winning games by slinging the football all over the field and scoring 40 plus points has been a concept extremely foreign to Chicago Bears fans, and it still is halfway through the 2012 season. There is the outside chance that the Bears defense will continue their torrid pace and set all kinds of records leading the team to a Super Bowl championship; however more likely than not the defensive scores will cease and some weaknesses in the defense may be exploited at some point. When that happens, everyone around NFL will find out whether this team is just the average Bears team that has had some lucky breaks so far this year and benefited from a soft schedule, or the team that boasts the high powered offense everyone has been hearing about since the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and signing of Matt Forte. In this past Sunday’s blowout win over the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was able to spark the offense, catching three touchdown passes. Even he admitted it was about time the offense steps up and helps out the defense. “It was fun to be a part of it,” said Marshall. “The defense and special teams are getting better every game, every single play. It was fun to watch and also fun to be a part of at the end. Offensively, we were like, ‘Man, now we have to do our part,’ and that felt good to contribute a little bit.” Matt Forte also added 103 yards on the ground as well as a touchdown against the Titans. These are good signs for Chicago Bears fans because the Bears offense will only go as far as Marshall and Forte will take them.  They will need to step up big time the next few weeks as the Bears play the Houston Texans this Sunday night and follow that up with a Monday night match-up against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. These two games will be tough tests for the Chicago Bears as these two teams boast a combined 13-3 record.  Jay Cutler recognizes that Chicago will need the offense to start pulling its weight over the next few games if they hope to continue their six game winning streak. “I don’t want to have to look the defensive guys in the eye and say, ‘Sorry, we couldn’t get it done for you guys,’” Cutler said.

Chicago Bears defense setting the standard; offense trying to catch up

For those of you who actually watched the video — see what we did there, now you have to watch the video — the key word by the announcer was "another." It was "another" forced fumble by Charles Tillman. He asked whether or not it would be "another" touchdown for the defense. That particular play didn't result in a Chicago touchdown, but to...

Bears Open As Early Favorites Over Texans In Sunday Night Showdown

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) enjoys himself on the bench in the fourth quarter Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at LP Field. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune) Coming off their seventh win of the season in Tennessee, the Chicago Bears have now won six straight games. At 7-1 they have the same record as the 2006 Chicago Bears, who went on to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl...

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Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox remains on the physically unable to perform list and will miss the entire season because of a back injury. He had a deadline Tuesday to return to practice from the list. That didn't happen. Knox sustained a gruesome back injury against Seattle last season and needed surgery to stabilize a vertebra. He has 133 receptions for 2,214 yards in...

Schedule about to take tough turn for Bears

The Chicago Bears breezed through the first half of their schedule. Now, it's time to buckle down. The Bears are in good shape at the moment leading the NFC North at 7-1, but the schedule is about to take a tougher turn. Houston visits Sunday night in a matchup of two of the league's best teams, and then comes a game at San Francisco next week. To that, coach Lovie Smith...

Jay Cutler Is Voting for Mitt Romney in Tuesday's Presidential Election

While there are many undecided voters making a last-second decision on the way to polls on Tuesday, Jay Cutler won't be one of them. Cutler was hesitant to answer who he was voting for on his weekly appearance on WMVP-AM 1000 in Chicago on Monday, but he did relinquish the information. "That's a touchy subject," Cutler said. "Yeah, I have...

Contract Extension Coming For Jay Cutler After The Season?

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Bears' Tillman may miss game Sunday

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Bears fans reportedly drank Nashville dry

The Chicago Bears blasted the Tennessee Titans, 51-20, in Nashville over the weekend. Many of the fans at LP Field were decked out in orange and blue as scores of Bears fans made the trip from the Windy City to the Music City on Sunday. Those same Bears fans also reportedly drank the city dry after the game.How do fans celebrate a big road victory? By hitting up the local bars, of...

Texans plan on doubling Brandon Marshall every play

Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told the media today that they plan on double teaming Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on every play. I think this is a wise decision by Phillips and the Texans since Marshall is one of the Bears’ dangerous players. In the NFL the best receivers can beat a double team.  We’ll see if Marshall is up to the challenge on Sunday...

Turnover frenzy, Texans talk topics of next “Bears Claws”

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