Perhaps the most important aspect of the game for the Bears, was how successful the first team offense would be.
Overall, the Chicago Bears’ first team offense performed well.
After only getting one carry against the Carolina Panthers last Friday, Bears’ running back Matt Forte showed prospective fantasy owners why he should be a top target in drafts.
Forte rushed for a total of 74 yards on 8 carries while also scoring a touchdown.
Forte has been one player that many reporters expect to have a breakout season. Forte certainly gave that impression on Thursday against the Chargers.
Forte’s success on Thursday was largely predicated on the impressive play of the right side of the Bears’ offensive line. Rookie linemen Jordan Mills and Kyle Long were impressive in their playing time on Thursday and created several holes for the Bears’ running backs on Thursday. Mills and Long certainly improved their chances of being a part of the Bears’ starting offensive line unit on Thursday.
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler also found some consistency on Thursday night. Despite throwing an interception, Cutler completed four of his five touchdowns to go along with a touchdown to Brandon Marshall.
Marshall was the main target of Cutler as the wide receiver was targeted five times making four receptions for a total 38 yards and one touchdown.
Another interesting note about the Bears’ first-team offense is how they responded to adversity. After being sacked two times on the team’s opening series, Cutler and the Bears’ offense responded in the second series with a drive that resulted in touchdown to Marshall. The same can said about the series after the Cutler interception when the Bears’ offense went on a drive that resulted in a Matt Forte touchdown.
On defense, it was the same tune for the Bears. The Bears forced four turnovers on Thursday including a Chris Conte interception of Phillip Rivers and a recover of a Rivers’ fumble.
In the position battle between Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin, both defensive ends recorded a sack against Rivers. McClellin, however, struggled at times in shedding his blocks while Wootton broke through the offensive line with some consistency.
The Bears return to Halas Hall on Monday before playing the Oakland Raiders one week from tomorrow.