Chicago Bears: Top 5 Performers in Sunday's Victory over the St. Louis Rams
The Bears got back in the win column on Sunday, and they did it in a big way. The Monsters of the Midway demolished the St. Louis Rams 23-6.
The Bears improve their record to 2-1, and they also redeemed themselves from last week's collapse in Green Bay.
But yesterday's game isn't just about getting the win, it's also about what they did to get that victory. The Bears won yesterday's game by playing basic, old school Chicago Bears football.
The men in blue and orange got it done with defense, the running game and a solid offensive line. The Bears didn't need to be flashy or bold on Sunday.
They were able to put pressure on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford without blitzing. The defensive line picked up five of the Bears' six sacks yesterday afternoon.
The defense also held the Rams to just 59 rushing yards, and every Bears defensive player recorded a tackle. Major Wright pitched in big time by taking an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
On offense, the Bears ran for over 100 yards for the second time this season. The offensive line made room for the running game and protected Jay Cutler.
The big boys up front only allowed two sacks compared to the seven they allowed against the Packers last week.
Of course we can't forget about Jay Cutler. He threw for almost 200 yards yesterday. He made sure that Robbie Gould was in position to make all three of his field goal attempts.
It was a good day for the Bears, and here are the five players who made the biggest difference in yesterday's win.
No. 5 Robbie Gould
If there is one team in the NFL that realizes how important having a good kicker is, it's the Chicago Bears.
The right leg of Robbie Gould was responsible for 9 of the Bears' 23 points yesterday. When the Bears can't find the end zone, it's pretty much a guarantee that Robbie Gould will put points on the board for the Bears.
No. 4 Michael Bush
Michael Bush started in place of Matt Forte, and he didn't disappoint. He scored the Bears' first touchdown, which was on a three-yard run.
He ran for a total of 55 yards on 18 carries behind some hardcore blocking by the offensive line. Bush isn't exactly the fastest man in a pair of cleats, but he can do some damage.
No. 3 Major Wright
Major Wright has proven himself to be one hell of a player when he's healthy. Yesterday he showed what he is capable of when he took a Sam Bradford pass and returned it 45 yards for what would be the Bears' second touchdown of the day.
Wright also chipped in with two tackles and a pass deflection. Let's hope that Wright can keep playing at this level for the remainder of the season.
No 2. Offensive Line
After last week's meltdown in Green Bay, the Bears' offensive line needed to pick themselves back up and put on a monster performance.
Yesterday they did just that. They cleared the way for the running game, which gained 103 yards and allowed Michael Bush to score a touchdown.
They also protected Jay Cutler for the most part by only allowing him to get sacked twice. Because of their protection, Cutler was able to complete 17-of-31 passes for 183 yards.
It's always a good day when you can keep your quarterback upright.
No. 1 Defensive Line
The Bears defense as a whole was a solid unit yesterday. But had it not been for the defensive line, the rest of the defense would have not been able to roam free and make plays.
Five of the Bears' six sacks yesterday came from the defensive line. Israel Idonije had 2.5 sacks, Julius Peppers had a half sack, and then Stephen Paea and Amobi Okoye had one sack each.
The other sack of the day came from linebacker Nick Roach. But he was able to get that sack because the front four had occupied all of the Rams blockers.
If the Bears can bring a pass rush like this every week they will be successful for the remainder of the season.