Bears Get Blown out by Brees Led Saints 30-13 SMI

The Bears had no answer for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Bears traveled to New Orleans Sunday and were on the receiving end of a 30-13 schlacking. After an opening drive score where Jay Cutler found Dane Sanzenbacher for his first career touchdown, it was all New Orleans. 

Jay Cutler started the game out on point but, would have the heat turned up on him when Starting RT Gabe Carimi left the game with a knee injury. The Saints turned up the pressure and would finish the game with 6 sacks. At one point sacking Cutler 3 straight times. The offense line was already depleted without RG Lance Louis but to lose Gabe Carimi as well spelled disaster for the Chicago faithful and Cutler. 

Drew Brees would play un-phased the entire game. He was 26 of 37 for 270 yards and 3 TD's (Henderson, Meachem, Sproles). After an impressive 5 sack performance in Week 1, the defensive line would only muster up 1 sack by DE Israel Idonije.

If you give Drew Brees time to make throws, he will pick apart your defense all day and he did just that. Without starting safety Chris Harris, Brees played on a whole new level. The play of the game came in a 79 yard TD to speedster Devery Henderson in which he would split Chris Conte and Major Wright on a post for an easy TD. 

After the 79 yard TD to Henderson, it's as if the Bears collectively gave up and packed it in for the week. Cutler finished the game 19 of 45 for 244 yards and 1 TD (Sanzenbacher). Matt Forte would have another stellar day racking up 117 yards receiving and 49 yards on the ground. 

Forte only had 10 carries the entire game including 2 carries in the 2nd half. The pass happy play calling has been attributed the loss by Bear fans and analysts alike. Forte seems to be the only consistent playmaker on the entire offense, and he needs to be fed the ball. The Bears should take a page out of Steve Spurrier's playbook down in South Carolina and just FEED Forte the ball like a workhorse. It has proven to be very successful with Marcus Lattimore. Forte, the lone Bears stud, should not have 2 carries in a close game. Entering the 2nd half, the score was 16-10. That is a very manageable deficit. Can we please not throw the ball 47 times again? Please? Seriously guys, c'mon, please? 

The Bears will face the 2-0 Packers next week at home. The Bears will be without Starting RT Gabe Carimi and S Major Wright. 

Week 1 Pre-Season Observations vs Bills

YourBoyRoy from Youtube had a very quality breakdown of the game film showing the good, the bad, and the ugly (9 sacks worth). Here are some of my own observations and notes I jotted down during the game. 

    • Jay Cutler completed 1 pass on 1 attempt for 0 yards after playing 1 series. Not much to comment on outside of an impressive 10 yard run. Caleb Hanie came in for Cutler rather quickly. Hopefully Jay will get more playing time next week vs NYG.
    • Marion Barber with 45 yards on 7 carries was easily the most impressive Bear tonight. Barber looked great especially when he bounced to the outside, ran over a CB, and picked up 5 more yards. Every carry Barber receives, is one step closer to the Bears letting Chester Taylor go.
    • Undrafted free agent Kris Adams was the most impressive undrafted free agent. Adams hauled in a great 31 yard catch by from Nathan Enderle. He was the leading wide receiver for the game with 3 catches for 58 yards.
    • Undrafted free agent Dane Sanzenbacher was targeted deep on a post corner, beat the cornerback and was held. He drew a pass interference call on the play. Had he not been held, Sanzenbacher possibly could have scored a touchdown.
    • Amobi Okoye seems to have found a home in Chicago. Okoye had 2 sacks and just looks like a physical beast out there. Commentators couldn’t stop talking about how “big” his arms were. Him and Israel Idonije haven’t confirmed, but rumor has it, they intend to have a duel of who has better looking biceps.
    • Special teams looked mighty impressive. Knox had a 70 yard kick return and Earl Bennett had a 33 yard punt return. Many fans think of Hester were fielding either of those, both would have been touchdowns.
    • Gould barely missed a 56 yard field right before halftime. It was slightly to the right but had enough distance to make it easily.
    • Offensive Line gave up 9 sacks on the day. A couple could be credited to great coverage, a couple could be credited to bad blocking. G Lance Louis was really struggling and looked to be the most vulnerable part of the offensive line. Despite giving up 9 sacks, overall the Bears run blocking was very impressive. There were distinct holes opening up with down field blocking. Barber and Bell took all the credit but, run blocking was on point. When RB Harvey Unga came into the game, Bears instituted “power run game” and Unga blasted his way to 27 yards on 9 carries.
    • Major Wright had 5 tackles, including a couple solos. If he can stay healthy, he’ll be a big help in run support. Fundamentally he may be one of the top tacklers on the team.
    • Special teamer Sam Hurd forced a fumble on a kickoff that the Bears recovered. Penalty on the play prohibited Bears from capitalizing on the great strip.
    • Bears defensive line looked solid. Rotation of the DL is going to be very nasty when the regular season starts.
    • Zack Bowman, Corey Wooten, Marcus Harrison were injured during the game. None look to be too serious of injuries.
    • Mike Holmes had the lone turnover on the Bears defense with an interception.
    • Craig Steltz still looks like Clay Mathews in middle school.