Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/8/14

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 18: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears passes the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on October 18, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

 

Jay Cutler went behind center and found Brandon Marshall with ease, as if the two had never been separated from their time in Denver.

Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns, Marshall had 119 yards and a touchdown through the air to spoil No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck's debut 41-21 at Soldier Field.

In fact, the whole team was in sync in this one. Matt Forte gained 120 all-purpose yards and a score, Michael Bush added two goal-line TDs and the defense forced five turnovers. It was the performance you'd expect from a Super Bowl contender.

"We got the guys," Marshall said. "We have the pieces. We have the coaches."

Luck completed 23 of 45 passes for 309 yards including a touchdown to Donnie Avery in the fourth quarter. He was also sacked three times, lost a fumble and threw three interceptions.

"There will be a lot of positives, a lot of negatives, we'll try to learn from it," Luck said. "I'm still disappointed fresh off what happened but we'll get over it."

Ironically, Luck seems to be on perfect track for future success. In Peyton Manning's first game of his career, he had 309 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Coincidence or just Luck?

Either way, that's a cool stat that it's surprising the guys at ESPN haven't been pumping into our brains since the final whistle.

The offense racked up 428 yards with Mike Tice as the team's new offensive coordinator and were able to rest Brian Urlacher in the second half after establishing their lead. Head coach Lovie Smith pulled the plug on Urlacher in the third quarter in wake of Thursday night's divisional matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

"I don't like to leave the game, but he's the head coach, so I do what he says," Urlacher said.

The Bears didn't have an ideal start, however. Cutler was sacked on the very first play from scrimmage and started the game one of twelve passing, including an interception that was returned to the house.

The offense eventually clicked and the team never turned back. Rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery even had 80 yards receiving, including a 42-yard touchdown.

Chicago will now have a short week as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers in prime time on Thursday Nigh Football.

 

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