[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Chicago Bears defeated the St. Louis Rams 37-13 last Sunday on the road as reserves Zach Miller and Jeremy Langford continued to provide strong offensive plays by scoring two touchdowns each. The game started off looking like a typical game we have been used to this season with an ineffective defense allowing the Rams to score a touchdown within the first three minutes of the first quarter. The Bears quickly reversed their old ways by coming back offensively with an efficient Jay Cutler as he passed 19 of 24 attempts with a total of 258 yards and no interceptions.
With Matt Forte out with injury, Cutler had to rely on the rest of the offensive team and it appears he has come to favor passing to Miller. “I’ve always enjoyed going to Zach,” Cutler said. “He’s one of those easy guys where you always know where he’s going to be and he’s a friendly target and he’s a smart player. He used to be a quarterback [in college], so he knows tempo things, knows when to gas it a little bit. I’ve never really second-guessed throwing him the ball.”
While the Bears’ defense didn’t seem to sync in the beginning of the game, they quickly adapted and provided the necessary lockdown on the Rams’ offense to prevent them from scoring any additional touchdowns. The defense made sure to apply an aggressive lockdown on Rams’ running back Todd Gurley and sacked quarterback Nick Foles. The Rams were limited to 285 of total net yards in the game.
“The whole football team is growing,” Coach John Fox said. “This is a new system with a lot of new players as far as relating to coaches and coaches relating to players. We are starting to know our football team better. A lot has changed over the nine weeks quite a bit. Last week was the halfway point. The way we are trending, I like the way the guys are going about their business.”
Going into the season, all hope seemed lost as the Bears failed to capture a win until Week Four and the Cutler injury; however now Coach Fox’s building process seems to be coming to fruition as the defense is starting to lockdown their opponents and Cutler is starting to prove himself as the necessary piece to build a team around. The Bears look to continue on their winning streak as they host the Denver Broncos without Payton Manning on Sunday at Soldier Field.
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