NFL football is back. The Chicago Bears opened up the 2013-2014 campaign with a new head coach and a new offense. Week 1, they took on the Cincinnati Bengals who were 10-6 and made it to the playoffs last season.
The Bears struck first in the first quarter with an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to Martellus Bennett making the score 7-0 in Chicago’s favor. The Bengals were able to respond with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to AJ Green, tying the game 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. With 2:53 left in the second quarter Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to AJ Green, giving them the lead 14-7. At the end of the half the Bears responded with a 58-yard field goal from Robbie Gould making the score 14-10 going into the locker room.
The Bengals scored another touchdown in the third quarter with a 5-yard run from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, increasing their lead to 21-10. The Bears responded with their own touchdown run from Matt Forte decreasing the deficit to 21-17 to end the third quarter. The only score in the fourth quarter was from the Bears, a 19-yard pass from Jay Cutler to his number one receiver Brandon Marshall. This pass gave the Bears the lead and the win, with a final score of 24-21. The Bears’ Jay Cutler threw for 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, and 242 yards while Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and 282 yards.
You usually cannot tell a team from one game, but the Bears seem confident in new coach Marc Trestman play calling. There were some bone-headed errors, but it all seemed fixed near the end of the game. After their first score the Bears’ offense seemed inconsistent through the first half, as they were not able to get downfield. But once the second half started, that problem seemed to be resolved. The Bears’ defense seemed like they have not changed with the new coaching staff. They seem like the same unit that will have the most takeaways this season, evident by the 3 turnovers they caused with 2 interceptions and 1 fumble. The Bears take on the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday, who lost to the Detroit Lions in their opening game.