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No coach’s seat was hotter than Lovie Smith’s entering the season. How did Lovie handle the pressure? He has his Bears sitting tied for 1st place in the NFC North after two straight victories.
Quarterback Jay Cutler leads the NFL in passer Rtg (121.2) and has five touchdowns to only one interception. The biggest surprise for the Bears thus far has to be the play of third year running back Matt Forte. Forte leads the team in rushing yards, receptions and touchdowns.
Chicago’s defense is looking to reestablish themselves as one of the NFL’s best, led by linebacker Brian Urlacher and newly acquired defensive end Julius Peppers.
The Bears look to continue their winning ways on Monday night when they face arch rival the Green Bay Packers. The Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have garnered much of the media attention but the Chicago Bears might be the best team in the division.
Jay Cutler is used to being looked over; he was often overlooked as a leader of the Denver Broncos. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers received much of the praise for his team’s performance and Cutler was often forgotten.
Cutler has been criticized in the past for being contentious with his teammates and even the fans. A win on Monday night should momentarily silence his critics and establish Cutler as one of the game’s top signal callers.