Bears limit Rams' playmaker
CHICAGO – In Week 2, St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola caught 12 passes in the first half and threatened to break Brandon Marshall’s NFL record of 21 receptions in a game.
On Sunday, Amendola managed to catch only one pass in the first half against the Bears.
By the end of the Bears’ 23-6 win against the Rams, Amendola posted respectable numbers with five catches for 66 yards. But he was a nonfactor for much of the game while the score was close, as he struggled to find open space against the physical play of the Bears’ secondary.
Bears cornerback Tim Jennings drew the most frequent assignment of covering Amendola.
“We wanted to stop the run game, we wanted to play a lot of eight-man front, and coaches put is in position to be aggressive with the receivers and just man up,” Jennings said. “We were able to go out there and compete with him.”
Bears nickelback D.J. Moore also defended Amendola when he lined up as a slot receiver. He said frequent pressure against Bradford limited his ability to throw downfield.
“We were just fortunate,” Moore said. “I think the pass rush pretty much deflated [Bradford] from looking everywhere and finding Amendola.”
Rare mistake: Bears defensive end Julius Peppers received a 15-yard personal foul penalty when he shoved Rams running back Daryl Richardson after a play in the third quarter.
The penalty came after a 4-yard gain on 3rd-and-24 and offered new life to the Rams’ offense.
“I didn’t hear the whistle,” Peppers said. “I wasn’t sure if he was down. He still tried to get up and run, so I finished the play.”
On the next three plays, the Rams lost 5 yards and were forced to punt.
“I was surprised [at the penalty], but it’s one play,” Peppers said. “We came right back out and got them off the field, so it didn’t affect the game.”
Say what: Almost a week after he criticized quarterback Jay Cutler for his behavior in Green Bay, Moore told AM-780/FM-105.9’s pregame show that he was fully in support of his quarterback.
His way of describing that support was, well, a little strange.
“If I could have babies, I would want Jay Cutler to be my baby father,” Moore said.
After the Bears’ win, Moore smiled as he explained the analogy.
“I’m trying to make it seem that it’s not that big of a deal,” Moore said. “I’m just trying to say that I don’t hate the guy. I was trying to loosen the mood a little bit.
“Hopefully, it got people to laugh a little bit.”
Bears bits: Devin Hester tallied 124 return yards (85 kickoff, 39 punt), including a 37-yard punt return in the second quarter. … Defensive tackle Matt Toeaina was inactive for the second consecutive week after starting in Week 1.