Bears Team Report
The Bears fast early start came against a comparatively
weak schedule and was fueled by an opportunistic defense
that forced turnovers in bunches and scored nine touchdowns,
masking the weaknesses of an offense that had record setting
wider receiver Brandon Marshall and not much else.
Both cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings made
the Pro Bowl. Tillman forced an NFL record 10 fumbles
and was as effective against some of the league's bigger
and better receivers (like Calvin Johnson) as anyone.
Jennings led the NFL with nine interceptions, making huge
plays on the ball that he had failed to make in the past.
Defensive end Julius Peppers also made the Pro Bowl on
the strength of 11.5 sacks, as did tackle Henry Melton,
who had six sacks and played the run well.
Marshall set franchise records with 117 receptions and
1,508 yards to go with 11 touchdowns. Running back Matt
Forte over came three sprains of his right ankle and an
offensive line that was in flux all season to rush for
1,094 yards. But he was not as big a part of the passing
game as he had been in years past, and that was to the
detriment of the offense. Jay Cutler, supposedly the franchise
quarterback, never developed a rapport with any receiver
other than Marshall. It hurt that promising rookie Alshon
Jeffery missed time with hand and knee injuries.
Chicago Bears team leaders included Jay Cutler, Matt
Forte, Matt Forte, Brandon
Marshall, Earl Bennett and Brian Urlacher
Chicago Bears Season Record:
vs NFC North: 3-3
vs NFC: 7-5
Bears Team leaders:
Pass: Cutler 3033 yds
Rush: Forte 1094 yds
Rec: Marshall 1508 yds
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