St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears: Handing out Game Balls for the Week 3 Matchup

Alexander Crowe@@AlexCrowe38Correspondent ISeptember 24, 2012

St. Louis Rams vs. Chicago Bears: Handing out Game Balls for the Week 3 Matchup

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    The Chicago Bears showed up to play on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, and they won the game the old-fashioned way, the way the Bears have always done it—with defense.

    While Michael Bush had an outstanding game at running back, most of the focus on the game was on how well the defense played overall, with two interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and six sacks on Sam Bradford.

    There were many players who stepped up and performed when the Bears needed them to, and there were five in particular who deserve to be recognized, and given a game ball.

Tim Jennings

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    In the words of Brad Biggs, the Bears beat writer for the Chicago Tribune, "Is it too early to start wondering about Tim Jennings for the Pro Bowl?" 7

    Jennings has four interceptions through the first three games for the Bears and also has two more deflections that have turned into interceptions for other players, including a tip today that lead to a Major Wright interception return for a touchdown.

    Jennings is playing his tail off this season so far, and it's only been 3 games. Next week he will be really tested, as the Bears face off against Tony Romo and the Cowboys on Monday night in Dallas.

    As for right now, however, Jennings can celebrate and enjoy his game ball from the victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Israel Idonije

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    Israel Idonije had himself a game on Sunday—a game he will not soon forget.

    Idonije had 2.5 sacks, as well as 4 solo tackles, and he hit Sam Bradford, the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, four times during the game. 

    There has been a lot of noise made about the Bears and their new offense, but Sunday's victory showed us that the team is the same as they've always been as far as defense goes, and Idonije is a huge part of that.

    When the defense gets pressure, the Bears do well.

    On Sunday, the Bears had a total of six team sacks, which means that more than a third of those total team sacks belonged to, none other than, Israel Idonije, and the Bears could not have a better player to compliment Julius Peppers on the defensive line.

    If Idonije keeps this up, it will be almost impossible for teams to put up big numbers on the defense of Chicago. Idonije showed today that he can play just as well as Peppers does and be a force to be reckoned with on the line this season, and that is why he wins a game ball from the victory over the Rams.

Michael Bush

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    Michael Bush didn't put up staggering numbers on Sunday, but he did enough to manage the game and get the job done while filling in for starting running back Matt Forte, who missed Sunday's game due to a high ankle sprain.

    On Sunday, Bush had 55 yards on the ground and scored the team's only offensive touchdown—a feat that did not come easily.

    Bush showed there is no rush to get Forte back on the field sooner than he should and risk hurting himself worse. Forte can take the time that he needs to get healthy and come back as a top running back, 100 percent healthy and ready to reignite the fire that the team had when they had a dual-running back system with Forte and Bush.

    Would it be nice to have Forte back right away? Absolutely.

    However, at least we now know that if he can't heal as fast as he would like, there is no pressure to hurry back. Michael Bush can take charge of the running game and do a good job with it while Forte is gone, and because of that, Bush wins a game ball from Sunday's win vs. St. Louis.

Major Wright

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    Major Wright stepped up in a big way on Sunday, as he had an interception returned for a touchdown that put the Rams down for good, and that is why he receives a game ball from Sunday. 

    The Bears defense came back in a big way on Sunday, and Major Wright was a huge part of the strong defensive outing by Chicago. 

    In addition to his game changing interception, Wright also had two big solo tackles, and it seemed like every time the Bears needed a big play on defense to get the ball back (or needed a stop), he was there to make it happen.

    Major Wright stepped up in a big way on Sunday, showing that he can be relied on, along with Tim Jennings, to put his hands in the air and get a takeaway when the team needs it the most, and that is why he wins a game ball from Sunday's win over St. Louis.

Brandon Marshall

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    Brandon Marshall was brought in this past offseason not only to make big catches, but to help Jay Cutler in his leadership of this football team when he needs it most.

    Last week, when Cutler was under fire for yelling at and bumping his teammate during the loss to the Green Bay Packers, it was his best friend, and favorite target, Brandon Marshall who came to the rescue and ran to take the side of Cutler.

    When asked about it, Marshall said: "Jay's who he is. Whenever you get outside of yourself, I think that's when you create problems. You have to be who you are. So when Jay is not fiery, that's when I'm gonna have a problem. I'm gonna want to play with a different quarterback."

    Sunday, it seemed like Marshall was a big reason why Cutler was much calmer, and he seemed more cool and confident in his passes, even though he did not have a touchdown pass. 

    In addition to being a leader and helping his best friend, Marshall also caught 5 passes for 71 yards and was once again the receiving leader for the Bears. Marshall stepped up not only in performance but as a leader of this team as well, and that is why he wins a game ball from Sunday's victory over the St. Louis Rams.