Andrew Luck's debut for the Indianapolis Colts was a baptism of fire for the rookie, as he threw three interceptions in the game against an onslaught from Chicago. The Bears kept the pressure on Luck throughout most of the game racking up three sacks a forced fumble on Luck and numerous QB hits in route to a 41-21 victory.
The Chicago Bears offense put forth an effort today that was expected from the Windy City faithful. Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdown passes, one each to his new receivers old friend Brandon Marshall, and new friend Alshon Jeffery.
Cutler started the game 1 out of 10 with a pick six, but settled down to then go 14 out of 17 before the end of the first half. He finished the game 21 out of 35 and received contributions from his running backs, Matt Forte with 120 yards combined rushing and receiving also scored a touchdown, while Michael Bush added 12 carries for 42 yards and two touchdown for the Bears.
The game went according to the script Bears fans had envisioned throughout much of the off-season, Cutler had time to throw and made the Colts defense pay hitting Brandon Marshall for nine receptions 119 yards and a touchdown. The Grabowskis also envisioned big plays from the rookie Alshon Jeffery, and they got that too to the tune of three receptions for 80 yards and a score.
Add in the 128 yards rushing from Matt Forte and Michael Bush and the short yardage goal line touchdowns from Bush and Bears fans saw fully what this team is capable of this season.
The Colts put up of a valiant effort early and throughout most of the game, but the defense seemed to lose it's confidence when Dwight Freeney went down with an injury.
Luck did some things well and will only improve when he watches the film of this one and diagnoses what the Bears coverage did to force him into his three INTs.
He became familiar with old reliable Reggie Wayne to the tune of 9 receptions for 135 yards and got his Stanford rookie teammate Colby Fleener involved 6 receptions for 82 yards.
While it wasn't quite the same debut that Cam Newton had as a rookie number one overall draft pick last year, it was an effort that should give the Colts confidence moving forward.
Indianapolis will win more games this year, unfortunately they ran into a much more talented and experienced team. The Bears a team of the present, and the Colts are aiming to be a team of the future.
J.Freeman 4 yd. interception return of Jay Cutler (A.Vinatieri kick is good)
Colts picked off Cutler who was locked onto Forte coming out of the backfield. Freeman read it the entire way and picked it off for a four yard TD.
Bears TD M.Bush 1 yd. run (R.Gould kick is good) Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards on the drive in 4:04
Tie game 7-7. Cutler found his rhythm and the Bears were helped by two pass interference penalties to score the Bears first touchdown.
Bears TD B.Marshall 3 yd. pass from J.Cutler (R.Gould kick is good) Drive: 11 plays, 95 yards in 5:52 14-7.
Cutler rips one to Devin Hester, flips one over the top to Forte who puts it down to the three first and goal. Marshall quick button hook in the endzone, touchdown to Brandon Marshall.
Bears lead 14-7 7:07 in the second quarter.
Bears FG R.Gould 35 yd. Field Goal Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards in 4:08
Chicago caps off one of it's best drives of the game with a field goal. Cutler had his best pass protection of the game and were it not for the offensive pass interference by Hester would have been in the end zone again.
Bears are struggling with the yellow laundry today, penalties killing the Bears.
Colts TD D.Brown 18 yd. run (A.Vinatieri kick is good) Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards in 2:15
Great running on this drive by Donald Brown, set up by great blocking by the Colts offensive line. A nice catch by Reggie Wayne also contributed to Andrew Luck's first touchdown drive.
Bears TD M.Bush 1 yd. run (R.Gould kick is good) Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 2:33
Cutler's best drive of the day as the Bears are slinging the football all over the field. After starting 1-10 in the game Cutler is n ow 15-27 for 228 yards with one touchdown and one INT.
Bears TD M.Forte 6 yd. run (R.Gould kick is good) Drive: 4 plays, 55 yards in 2:10
Michael Bush big run contributes to the Bears next touchdown, first of the second half.
Bears FG R.Gould 26 yd. Field Goal Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards in 1:44
After a turnover caused on special teams the Bears are unable to move the ball and kick the field goal.
Bears lead 34-14.
3:00 left in the third quarter.
Colts TD D.Avery 4 yd. pass from A.Luck (A.Vinatieri kick is good) Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards in 4:52
Andrew Luck throws his first career touchdown to Donnie Avery after putting together a solid drive.
Bears TD A.Jeffery 42 yd. pass from J.Cutler (R.Gould kick is good) Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards in 4:12
Bears go play action-pass and Jeffery streaks past the secondary and into the endzone...Cutler hits him in stride about two yards from the back line of the back end goal line. A beautiful throw from Cutler with Jeffery showing off some speed to sprint past the safety and the corner on the play.
Game over: Bears win 41-21