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Bears Mon Sep 28 2009

Footballic Ramblings: Cutler, Bears Keep On Rolling

Don't look now, Chicago, but Jay-Bot 5000 has now led two fourth quarter comebacks in consecutive weeks against A) the defending Super Bowl champs and for the encore B) leading the game-winning drive in one of the NFL's most hostile environs. Cutler put up excellent numbers against the Day-Glo alternate-uniformed Seahawks, posting: three touchdowns and 247 yards, on a markedly efficient , "ho-hum, another day at the office" 21-of-27, while getting five receivers in on the action. Included in the Cutler-sponsored Pass-a-palooza? One Matt Forte who went over the century mark in all-purpose yardage for the first time this season and was the perfect quick-pass, safety valve receiver off the play-action calls. The running game was still not quite there, Forte led the way with 66 yards on 21 carries, which is really rather "meh," but, hey, in this new era of the "forward" "pass" that the Bears have discovered, Forte and the ground game won't need to carry the burden...

Defensively the Bears, for the second week now, gave up a long and sustained touchdown drive in the first quarter only to slowly clamp down throughout the remainder of the game. The Seahawks neon-green offense is somewhat middling when compared with the rest of the league and it should be raising eyebrows and red flags across Chicagoland that the Bears gave up nearly 100 yards rushing to Julius Jones on a whooping 5.2 yards-per-carry and furthering the annoyance factor should be the point that middling back-up quarterback/bolsterer of defensive stats, Seneca Wallace, threw for over 261 aggregate yards against the still burnable Bears secondary that's been flirting with disaster thus far in the season. More concerning than the defensive lapses are the defensive injuries as the Bears linebacking corps. took another substantial hit when Hunter Hillenmeyer left with dinged ribs in the third quarter. Hillenmeyer had been the plug-in for Brian Urlacher after he was knocked out for the season in the Week One loss to the Packers. Nate Roach filled in for Hillenmeyer and it's not yet certain how long double-H will be out for, but with the war of attrition that is the NFL season just ramping up, the Bears defense needs to get healthy.

More to come later in the week, as always.

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