Hey, the Bears are on CBS today, just like the old days. Who can forget Brent, Irv and Jimmy the Greek when it was the NFC on CBS.
Can the Bears contain Peyton Manning today? They have to keep him off the field and the Bears can accomplish that by running the football. Thomas Jones will be back for the Bears, but A-Train should see plenty of action. The Bears may have an advantage on the line as the Colts D-line averages just 275 pounds per man. Plus, the Colts will be missing two starters in the defensive backfield. But, that won't mean a thing unless Craig Krenzel can take advantage.
The Colts will also be missing two starting offensive guards, so the Bears defensive lineman could have a field day.
As always, Adam Caldarelli is at Solider Field. Send him an e-mail using the form at the right. Ask him a question and he'll find out the answer after the game.
Adam: Ron Rivera didn't get his wish. This week he was hoping for wind and snow this Sunday, with the thinking the weather would help the Bears' D slow down Peyton Manning and the Colts' offense. There is very little wind swirling today in Soldier Field. According to the pressbox voice, it's 43 degrees with a seven mph wind that should increase to 10 later this afternoon. Not much help for the defensive backs. Forecast: A Manning torching likely, with a high probability of many Marvin Harrison sightings.
Sight seen: Remember them? During pre-game warm-ups Rex Grossman was throwing passes to Charles Tillman from midfield into the end zone.
Football coming up.
The Bears receive and start at the 32. A screeen to Thomas Jones gets nothing and then Krenzel throws behind Bernard Berrian at the 37. Another screen to Jones and he'll gain 7, but that'll be a few yards short of the first. Maynard punts.
Adam: Already Craig Krenzel looks worse than Troy Smith.
The Colts start at the 27. Manning tosses one to Marcus Pollard in the backfield and he picks up 5. Edgerrin James carries across the 35 for a first at the 40. James carries again and he has a big opening and gets 10 more to the 50. No huddle. James gets 6 more straight up the middle. Another 5 yards for James and that's a first to the 39. The Bears seem to be worried about stopping the pass. Now Manning goes to Reggie Wayne for 14 more and Indy is making this look easy.
Adam: This already has the makings of an offensive clinic.
After a 4-yard run, from the 21, Manning tries to hit Marvin Harrison and he's triple-teamed and it's incomplete inside the 5. With the crowd going nuts, Manning finds Brandon Stokley for the first at the 14. Mannning goes to Pollard for the TD. Green was beaten on that throw. The PAT is good.
Colts 7, Bears 0
Adam: The Colts had one third down on that entire drive. What's worse, they ran the ball five out of the 10 plays.
The Bears will start at the 23. Jones takes the pitch and goes right and then cuts back and gets 3. Indy is called for encroachment and so that's an easy 5. Jones carries and is about a yard shy, so it'll be third down. The Bears have been awful on third down this season. Krenzel sneaks, but he's short. Should have called A-Train's number there. Or even Jones. The replay showed it may have been a bad spot by the refs. They got a good push. Maynard kicks and Jason David returns the kick to the Colts 30.
Adam: Third-down conversions really have been a major problem for the Bears' offense with Krenzel in there. It showed there when they couldn't even pick up half a yard against a bad defense.
James carries and he'll find some room and that's 5 yards. Manning throws in the flat and Lance Briggs is there, but can't hang on to the interception. That was 6 if he holds it. That's the type of play the Bears defense has been making lately.
Adam: Briggs needs to drop and do push-ups after that. That was six points the other way. But maybe it'll fire up the Bears defense after getting marched on that first drive.
On third down, Manning fires too wide for Harrison and the Colts will kick. Hunter Smith punts and R.W. calls a fair catch at the 27.
Krenzel will throw and it's to Terrell near the sidelines and it's high, but he hangs on for a first at the 38. Jones finds some room to run and reaches the 45. Jones sweeps right and he has a hole and breaks it back and gets down to the Indy 40. The Colts are offsides so that takes it down to the 35. Krenzel goes for it all and it's way off in the end zone and safety Bob Sanders almost makes the INT. Terrell was there to knock the ball out.
Adam: Terrell was very, very open on that play and Krenzel threw it right to the safety. That should've been a touchdown.
Now on third-and-2, Jones loses 2. Edinger will try a 52-yard field goal. He drills it down the middle.
Colts 7, Bears 3
From the 28 Manning, hits Wayne for 14. Boy, these commercial breaks seem longer and longer every game. James gets 2 and then 4 more, bringing up third down. Tommie Harris moves before the next play and that gives the Colts a huge first down. That's the end of the quarter.
Manning tries for Stokley, but Jerry Azumah knocks it away. No huddle. On a delay, James gets the call and he'll get 12 and a first at the Bears 35. Manning looks to the end zone and it's a perfect pass to Reggie Wayne and that's 6 more. He beat Nathan Vasher. PAT is good.
That's 33 touchdowns for Mr. Mannning this season with only six interceptions. Should have been seven on that Briggs play.
Colts 14, Bears 3
Azumah fumbles on the kickoff return, but the Bears recover at the 34. Ruben Brown is called for a flase start. Krenzel complete to Jones for a few, but the Bears has an illegal receiver downfield. That's 5 more and it's first-and-20 at the 24. Krenzel completes to Wade and he's hit and he loses the football and Indy recovers at the 24.
Adam: What exactly is that play supposed to accomplish? For it to do anything, Bobby Wade has to break four tackles. Instead he's mobbed and fumbles.
Manning goes for Dallas Clark, but it's too high at the 5. James gets 5 on a sweep and it's third down. James carries to the 14 and they have the first. Manning fakes right and throws across the middle and Clark falls down and it's incomplete. Draw play for James and he's hit immediately by Briggs for a loss of 2. Shotgun--Manning tries for Wayne in the end zone and it's too high. Mike Vanderjagt nails the 34-yard FG.
Colts 17, Bears 3
Bears will begin at the 26 after another TV timeout. Jones gets a yard and then the Bears are called for a false start. Man, they have about three or four every game. This time it's Olin Kreutz. The sun appears for the first time in days in Chicago and Jones gets a few more to the 25. It's only 45 degrees by the lakefront. Krenzel goes back to pass and will have to eat it at the 18. Jason David takes Maynard's punt and gets to the Colts 45, but there's a flag. Holding on the Colts and that's 10 yards and they will start at the 26 since the penalty is from the spot of the foul.
Draw to James and he spins away from the defense and has running room and spins again and cuts back and will get 35 more to the Bears 40. He has 98 yards rushing now. After a one-yard run, Manning has Harrison wide open, but it hits him in the facemask and he drops it. From the shotgun, Manning has plenty of time and the pass is too low for Stokley. The Bears have had no rush today and the Colts' two starting guards are out. McQuarters calls a fair catch at the 11.
Jones gets 2 and then there's a mixup in the backfield and the ball comes loose and Indy recovers. Krenzel lost the ball before the handoff.
Adam: I believe that is Krenzel's seventh fumble in four games. This ought to be quick down here.
From the 13, Manning hits Clark for 3. As Adam predicted, the Colts score as Manning finds Harrison all by himself in the end zone.
Adam: No idea how he got that wide open. McQuarters looked him off, apparently thinking Mike Green was there, but Green wasn't.
Colts 24, Bears 3
Well, this is the Peyton Manning we've been hearing about. On the replay of the TD, Manning looked left the whole time and then fired back to Harrison on the right side. Mike Green was totally faked out.
Bears start at the 14 and Krenzel has trouble with the snap and has to fall down. Jones gets the call and gains 5. Now Krenzel throws and it's picked off by Joseph Jefferson near the sidelines. He was in front of Wade and all the CBS announcer can say is, "wow."
Adam: At this rate Jim Sorgi may start the second half for the Colts. Put Manning on ice.
From the 33, James gets 3 and Manning and Harrison hook-up to the 21. So much for keeping Manning off the field. Manning goes to Wayne for 5 more. Manning rolls right and he'll keep this one and get the first at the 10 at the two-minute warning.
Adam: I joked to someone next to me after the Bears' second possession that Krenzel was two for three for nine yards. That was early in the first quarter. The Bears have 11 yards passing at this point.
Manning's pass falls incomplete. James runs straight ahead and gets to the 2. No huddle offense. Why? For practice? Now Indy calls timeout. Manning fakes a handoff and tries for Wayne in the end zone and he can't hang on. Vanderjagt hits the gimmie field goal.
Adam: I love how the Colts throw from the 2. This is borderline padding Manning's touchdown pass stats.
Colts 27, Bears 3
From the 30, Krenzel goes to Jones for 6. Krenzel tries for Clark and that's too low in the flat. My CBS feed is awful down here below ground at the Trib Tower, but I'm not missing much. Krenzel runs for a first at the 41. Krenzel tries for Wade and that falls incomplete with :13. Krenzel finds Clark for 14 yards to the 45 of Indy and the Bears call timeout. Krenzel tosses a bomb that Terrell catches near the sidelines inside the 10, but time runs out. Figures.
Adam: Heady play there by Terrell calling timeout after he fell out of bounds.
The Colts start at the 29 and James gets 2. Manning completes to Clark out to the 39 and they're a few inches short of the first. James takes the handoff and heads right and has plenty of room and he motors down the sidelines and will be finally taken down at the 22--a 40-yard gain. Manning goes to Harrison to the 7. This is a clinic. Manning calls an audible and throws for the end zone and it's picked off by Vasher and he takes it out to the 27. That's only Manning's seventh INT this season.
Adam: Again the Colts are near the goal-line and again they throw the ball. What's wrong with running James down there? I think that interception is a little too late for a Bears defense that has made a living off turnovers.
Jones gets the call and picks up a few. Jones again for 2 and then Krenzel throws incomplete. Maynard kicks and it goes out at the Colts 28.
Adam: I think Krenzel's getting the Quinn treatment from the fans behind the Bears bench. Let's hope he doesn't pull a Ron Artest.
A screen to James picks up 12. Draw to James and he goes up the gut again and flies across midfield and gets to the Bears 38. 174 yards rushing now for James.
Adam: James is going to go over 200 yards today. I believe the last back to rush for 200 yards on the Bears was Ricky Williams. Clinton Portis had 170-something earlier this year.
Manning completes to Harrison to the 27. Now Manning goes up top to the end zone and it's caught by a diving Wayne for the TD. PAT is good.
Colts 34, Bears 3
The CBS team is wondering if it's unsportsmanslike to throw when you're up by so many points. The color man says no.
Adam: This looks like yesterday's Purdue-Indiana game. The Colts should have at least 10 more points.
After a penalty on the Colts on the return, the Bears start at the 46. Krenzel throws and that's almost picked off. Jones runs to the 50 and Krenzel completes to Berrian to the 33. Now Krenzel is sacked at the 39. Screen to Wade gets a couple. The Bears will wear throwback uniforms when they play Dallas on Thanksgiving. Not sure how far back they will go. Bears are called for a false start and then Krenzel goes to Jones for 6 and the Bears will go for it on 4th-and-12. Krenzel is forced to move from the pocket and the ball is stripped from his arm and Indy grabs it. That's four turnovers.
Adam: I'm missing a good Pittsburgh-Cincy game watching this thing.
From the Colts 46, James gets 3. Now James carries and gains 4 more to the Bears 47. From the shotgun, Clark catches a pass for 8 yards and a first.
Adam: Quinn and Hutchinson are playing catch on the sideline. Looks like we're going to see the return of the Mighty Quinn. I'm sure he'll receive a warm reception from the crowd.
James breaks a few tackles and gets 8 more--that's 189 yards on the ground for James. I'm surprised they don't take him out before he gets hurt. James carries for the first to the 27. I wonder how many people are filing out of Soldier Field right now? Heck, beat the traffic. Manning completes to Harrison and then James scores from 12 and I think he's over 200.
Adam: Big time empty seats. I don't blame them. I wish I could leave.
Colts 41, Bears 3
Berrian returns the kick to the Bears 45 and Krenzel remains in the game. Jones carries twice and the quarter ends. Can we just have a running clock now?
Adam: And so much for the idea of Anthony Thomas earning more playing time. But it's not like this one's Thomas Jones' fault.
Jones runs and picks up a first and that brings cheers from the crowd. Krenzel goes long for Terrell and the Colts are called for interference so the Bears will have it at the Colts 8. The announcer just called him Terrell, like Farrell. Now Jones gets a few.
Adam: One guy who's not sticking around to see the end of this is Otis Wilson. I just saw him heading for the elevator. "It's not looking good," he said.
Krenzel goes to pass and starts to run and then throws for a TD, but it's called back due to holding. Krenzel attempts to go the end zone again and Mike Doss is there for the INT.
Jim Sorgi, a rookie from Wisconsin, comes on for Indy. It's his first appearance of the year. Dominic Rhodes carries twice and then gets the first. The Bears are called for a facemask, so that'll bring it to the Bears 49. James is out after gaining 204 yards today. Rhodes gets 6 and then Indy is called for a false start. Rhodes breaks away this time and runs all the way down to the 18. About seven minutes to go.
Adam: I think Tony Dungy's going to send Manning back in to take a few shots at the end zone.
Looking at a few scores, the Lions lead at Minnesota 19-15 with 10 minutes to go. The Ravens are all over Dallas, 31-3. The Bears should win there on Thursday. Buffalo leads St. Louis by 20. Meanwhile, the Colts keep running and will turn the ball over on downs around the 18.
Adrian Peterson gets in the Bears backfield and he carries and the Colts are called for a facemask. From the 23, Krenzel throws too high for Clark. First downs: Colts 30, Bears 8. Peterson goes up the middle for a few. The Bears get their ninth first down out to the 30. Krenzel throws too wide for Jason McKie. Peterson carries again and gains 13 to the 43. Bears just need to forget about this one. Krenzel finds Terrell in Colts territory. It was a low throw and Terrell made a sliding grab at the 37. Peterson runs and there's two minutes to play. Screen to Peterson and he breaks some tackles and reaches the 5, and that gives the crowd (what's left of it), something to cheer about. Krenzel rolls out and can't find anyone and goes out of bounds, but the Colts are called for holding. That puts the ball on the 2. Krenzel fakes the handoff, rolls out and finds Dustin Lyman open in the end zone and the Bears get their first TD of the day. Count the point after.
Colts 41, Bears 10
The Colts receive the kick and run out the clock. Rahula Strohl and Adam will be with you on Thanksgiving, so enjoy the holiday!
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