“If our offense keeps doing what they’re doing, we’re going to be pretty good. We stopped ourselves a few times, but it was fun to watch. I had a good seat in the second half.”
– Bears LB Brian Urlacher
“That [start] was just a lack of effort right there. We weren’t focused. It was like pregame jitters, we had to get focused. As you could see, it looked like everybody was focused after that.”
– RB Matt Forte
“I’m not going to make any predictions about how far we’re going to go. It’s one game. It’s a good start. We did some good things. We have a short week coming up, have to get prepared for the next game.”
– DE Julius Peppers
3 things that worked
1. RB Michael Bush at the goal line. One reason the Bears signed Bush, who at 245 pounds is 27 pounds heavier than Matt Forte, is for short yardage situations. He had a pair of 1-yard TD runs.
2. FB Evan Rodriguez as a lead blocker. He missed one early, but more than made up for it later, springing Forte on several long runs, including a 32-yarder that helped set up the Bears’ first score.
3. The Bears’ defense held the Colts to 63 rushing yards. Indianapolis did not seem particularly interested in running a lot, but 63 is a good number (36 of those came on two Donald Brown carries).
3 things that didn't work
1. Opening drive. The Bears gave up a 12-yard loss on a sack on a missed block from Kellen Davis on the game's first play, then a false start to follow it. A low snap and bad throw on third down led to a 3-and-out and great Colts’ field position.
2. Forcing the ball to WR Brandon Marshall. After the two connected initially, QB Jay Cutler threw four incompletions his way before they connected again.
3. Kelvin Hayden at CB. The Colts took advantage when Charles Tillman was knocked out of the game and WR Reggie Wayne finished with nine catches for 135 yards on 18 targets.
3 moments that mattered
1. Cutler finds room. Cutler found Marshall for a 13-yard gain and first down on 3rd and 10 at his own 20 to spring the Bears' first touchdown drive. Until that point, it had been all negatives on offense for the Bears.
2. Forte's one-handed catch. Forte gained 31 yards on a short pass that was nearly out of his reach and set Bears up for 3-yard Cutler-to-Marshall TD on the next play to give the Bears a 14-7 lead.
3. Jennings' picks, CB Tim Jennings nabbed his first of two interceptions early in the second half on a long pass intended for WR Donnie Avery. The Bears added a field goal after that turnover.
It means: The Bears will head to Green Bay Thursday even with Detroit and Minnesota in the NFC North. All three are one game ahead of the Packers.