Chicago Sports: Bears & Blackhawks, Vol. 2

Craig NuzzoCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2008

Sunday was a great day for the world of sports in Chicago. The Bears were able to take control over the Jaguars, and the Blackhawks destroyed the Coyotes.

Let's take a look at the two teams in depth.


Chicago Bears

Matt Forte and the Chicago Bears (7-6) were able to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) by a score of 23-10. The Bears were able to take control of the game early by scoring 20 points in the first half, something that they need to do more often.

The frigid temperature of Soldier Field was no match for the Bears' defense. The Bears' "D" had three sacks and one INT while only allowing one touchdown against the Jaguars.

Now, let's take a look at what the Bears did well, and what they can improve.


Done Well

Daniel Manning: Nickel back Manning was able to create momentum early for the Bears by running back a 42-yard interception.

The Tight Ends: Both Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark caught a touchdown pass Sunday afternoon.

First half Matt Forte: Rookie running back Forte ran for 54 of his 69 yards in the first half. He also had 37 receiving yards in the game.

Overall Defense: Better than it has been.


Needs Improvement

Devin Hester: Let's begin with the obvious. Hester has not yet returned a single punt or kickoff for touchdown this year. He has been put into the wideout spot more frequently but has not been a big factor. Even though he caught for 80 yards, he dropped a few good passes.

Urlacher, Briggs, Roach: It's simple: The three linebackers of the Bears should be making more plays.

The wideouts: The tight ends shouldn't be the only players making the big plays.


The next game will be featured on the NFL Network on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7:15 PM CST. The Chicago Bears (7-6) will take on the New Orleans Saints (7-6). Both teams are trying to stay alive in the playoff hunt.


Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks (12-6-7) outplayed the Phoenix Coyotes (12-13-2) in every way possible Sunday night on Comcast SportsNet.

Ben Eager was able to score a touchdown for the 'Hawks in the first half....

I mean, the 'Hawks scored seven against the Coyotes' one.

Since the 'Hawks did so many things well, let's take a look at what they didn't accomplish in the game.

Something that the 'Hawks could improve upon is within the neutral zone. The puck movement within the two team zones is fine. When Campbell isn't able to bring the puck up by himself, the 'Hawks have problems. They need to establish a more comfortable passing lane between the defensemen and the front three to create more scoring chances.

Once the puck is in the opponent's zone, the 'Hawks create an almost "power play"-like situation. For example, the 'Hawks seemed to be on the power play against the Coyotes even though they were not.


Three Stars of the Game

No. 16 Andrew Ladd

No. 55 Ben Eager

No. 36 David Bolland

Note: All the Three Stars of the Game came from either the third or fourth line. Very good! It's great to see the bottom lines contributing. All 20 skaters must play well for a hockey team to succeed.


My Star of the Game (besides the aforementioned)

No. 38 Critobal Huet

Huet made 20 saves while only allowing one goal late in the game.


The next game will be Wednesday night at 7:30 PM CST on Comcast SportsNet against the Ottawa Senators (10-10-4).

I will be at the United Center to watch the game!

Let's Go Hawks!