Bears/Titans: Rapid Reaction

In the team's third preseason game, the Bears fell to the Titans 14-13. Yet it was a solid showing in all three phases. Bear Report looks back at a few things that stood out in tonight's contest.

-Matt Forte was running with purpose. It could be to show the team he's worth a hefty, long-term contract. He carried a full load, rushing 17 times for 79 yards. Based on his performance tonight, Forte could be in a for a career year.

-The starting front five did not yield a sack on the night. That now makes just one sack allowed the past two games. On the ground though is where they did the most damage, repeatedly opening big holes for big gains. The team finished the night with 148 rushing yards on 35 attempts.

-Jay Cutler was on point all night. When he's been given time in the pocket the past two weeks, he's delivered. His passes were crisp and on target. The entire passing game looked fluid and cohesive.

-Chester Taylor was nowhere to be found. Forte, Marion Barber, Kahlil Bell and Robert Hughes all carried the ball, yet Taylor didn't see the field. It seems his time might soon be over in Chicago.


RB Chester Taylor
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-The decision to likely cut Taylor has been made easier by the solid play of Kahlil Bell. He ran hard all night and was good in the passing game as well.

-Marion Barber left in the first half with a calf injury and was out for the rest of the game. The extent of the injury is yet to be determined.

-Roy Williams finally caught pass as a member of the Chicago Bears. Then on the next play let a ball tip off his hands into the arms of the defender. He finished with two catches for 33 yards.

-Earl Bennett was the team's top receiver on the night, catching 6 passes for 89 yards. He and Cutler were on the same page all evening.

-Amobi Okoye picked up his third sack of the preseason, very likely solidifying his spot on the roster. Unfortunately for the front line as a whole, Okoye is the only player to have earned a sack. The group is getting fairly consistent pressure but they haven't had much luck getting quarterbacks to the ground.

-Israel Idonije was a force for most of the night, getting pressure off the edge and making a number of nice plays against the run. Teams are still having success running to his side but his play in that area is improving.

-Charles Tillman is the only cornerback on the roster that isn't a concern right now. Early in the game, Tim Jennings was beat deep in man coverage. On the following play, D.J. Moore let his guy get behind him. Both plays would have gone for touchdowns had the throw been on target. Zack Bowman, after practicing just once this week, had a very nice pass breakup on a deep ball late in the game.

-Dom DeCicco had a solid night. He didn't make any mistakes on special teams and tied for the team lead in tackles. Late in the game, he made a nice run stop with a blocker hanging all over his back. His performance tonight brings him one step closer to a roster spot.

-Corey Wootton cannot come back fast enough because Vernon Gholston hasn't shown much of anything.

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