Who figured it would be this painful to watch the Bears' offense after the season-opener against the Colts?
They looked like they could pass. They always could run the ball. All the toys worked.
Then they couldn't pass with any rhythm and couldn't run enough to dominate a game, or wouldn't commit to it. Who has more D-cell batteries?
I don't know what the offense was trying to do in the first half against Jacksonville on Sunday. I do know it was aggravating.
A delay-of-game penalty. A string of third downs that weren't converted. An interception. An odd call call on third-and-short. Geez, how were the Bears tied at 3 at halftime?
I don't care if it's on the road. Answer me.
Mercifully, the Bears showed some life in the second half again, mounting a long drive that was sabotaged by
But it shouldn't take a half to figure this out the way it has the last two weeks. It shouldn't look this clunky. We shouldn't feel this frustrated.
The win might get the players some extra days off heading into the off week, but that's not what the offense needs. The offense needs practice.
In fact, this game should've looked like a practice. The Jags have a bad defense, ranking in the bottom five against the pass and the run. They came in with two sacks. They had allowed six rushing touchdowns. They gave up an average of more than 250 yards in the air and 150 on the ground. It should've been all you can eat out of the playbook.
I know Cutler loves
Cutler didn't look sharp early again. He played like a stud late again.
In the first two quarters, Cutler was 10-for-20 for 110 yards and an interception. Third down was a toxic waste dump.
But in the first 22 minutes that mattered in the second half, Cutler was 13-for-19 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. On third and fourth downs, he was 7-for-8 for more than 100 yards and a touchdown.
Here's the deal: A good team will make you pay for such early erratic play.
You can't always depend on a second-half rally, even if you're a streak shooter.
You won't always get two defensive touchdowns, even if that's the norm the last two games.