Breaks go Bears way at home against Steelers

By Edward Kensik  |   Friday, September 25, 2009  |  Comments( 0 )

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By Edward Kensik

It appears that the breaks that went against the Bears in the opener against the Packers went the other way against the Steelers.
That can only be the case when a reliable kicker like Pittsburgh’s Jeff Reed misses a pair of field goals that could have easily gone through the uprights.
And in turn Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has gone from an over-hyped signal caller to one of the most clutch quarterbacks.
But a big part of this is still the communication with Cutler and a relatively inexperienced group of wide receivers.
Johnny Knox with his six catches, 70 yards and one very good touchdown pass is now considered the player that is expected to be the breakout receiver.
But that could easily change this week in Seattle against the Seahawks.
Right now, the opponents are covering Devin Hester with the Bears still searching for that wide out who can take away the pressure from Hester. Hester had four passes for only 21 yards, but one catch was key in the last drive before the Robbie Gould game-winning field goal.
The Bears management nickled-and-dimed this in not getting an experienced wide receiver. Right now, they are going through basically tryouts to see who that top receiver will be next to Hester.
In the next few weeks, the top receiver could be three different players in the next three games amongst Edgar Bennett, Devin Aromashodu, Rashied Davis or even Juaquin Iglesias, the last three did not even catch a pass against Pittsburgh.
The other key in opening up the offense is getting the ball to tight end Greg Olsen and running back Matt Forte.
Along with getting Forte the ball via the pass, the second-year running back has struggled in getting his running game going. Adrian Peterson (yes the Bears one) actually had half the yardage rushing 16 on only three carries while Forte ran the ball 13 times for only 29 yards.
There are a couple of reasons for Forte’s slow start. The Bears faced a pretty good defense in Green Bay and a very good one in Pittsburgh.
But the main reason might be the poor offensive play of the Bears especially Frank Omiyale, Orlando Pace and Chris Williams.
The team made major changes on the offensive line and like the wide receivers are still trying to find their nitch.
With these transitions it made it even more important for the club to beat Pittsburgh and not fall into a 0-2 hole which statistics show that very few, less than 10 percent of the teams, actually make the playoffs when they hit that mark after the first two weeks.
Defensively against the Steelers, there were times when Ben Roethlisberger was able to move the Pittsburgh offense down field on will, but the Bears defense did get the job done when they needed to especially in the second half.
The Bears though would like to get more tackles from up front very than in the defensive backfield. Four of the five tacklers were from the cornerback and safety position in Danieal Manning, Zack Bowman, Charles Tillman and Kevin Payne were in the top five of tacklers.
The leading tackler and is hoped to be the leader of the defense with Brian Urlacher sidelined for the season is linebacker Lance Briggs. Briggs led the team with eight tackles.
Tillman continues to put the naysayers behind him about his injury concerns that had him miss the entire preseason because of back and shoulder surgery. He would grab a key interception against the Steelers.
On the defensive line Alex Brown continues to excel and had a pair of key sacks to help keep the Steelers from the end zone.
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