Urlacher not that impressed with last week's effort
On paper, it appears that the Bears played very good defense in Week 2 against Kansas City: 281 yards allowed, 2.9 yards per rush, four sacks, two takeaways, and, most importantly, just 10 points on the scoreboard. All-Pro linebacker Brian Urlacher, however, didn't like some of the things he saw on film and believes that his unit left several big plays on the field this past Sunday. Losing tackle Dusty Dvoracek and safety Mike Brown for the year on injured reserve could certainly explain some of the dropoff from Week 1, although Urlacher believes both Darwin Walker and Danieal Manning played well after being elevated to the starting lineup.
The 2005 Defensive Player of the Year knows they'll need a better effort against the Cowboys and their high-octane offense Sunday night at Soldier Field.
"We didn't play as good as people think we did last week," Urlacher admitted Thursday at Halas Hall. "We made some mistakes. We had some chances to make some takeaways [and] didn't do it. Sacks, we should have got a couple more. But we flew to the ball. That makes up for a lot of our mistakes, like I've always said. We play hard. We get to the football, and that makes up for a lot of our mistakes. But the guys who filled in did a good job. Darwin did a good job. Danieal did a good job for us also."
Urlacher finally registered a sack against the Chiefs, the first one he's had since the 2005 season, but he didn't feel especially vindicated after such a long drought.
"It felt like the rest of them that I've got in my career," he said. "They're all the same. It's been a while since I got one, but that's about it. They're all the same."
LB Brian Urlacher (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Ogunleye knows the Cowboys present a tough matchup
In two games this season, Dallas has averaged 415 yards of total offense and 41 points per game. Quarterback Tony Romo has thrown six touchdown passes against just one interception, the tailback combination of Julius Jones and Marion Barber continues to be effective, and Terrell Owens shows no signs of slowing down at 33 years of age. The Cowboys might have the best offense in the NFC while Chicago has arguably the best defense, meaning Sunday's prime time showdown at Soldier Field could be an early-season battle for conference supremacy.
Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, recently named a defensive captain after the season-ending injury to Mike Brown, is impressed with what he sees from Romo and Co. thus far.
"It's a tough challenge," Ogunleye said. "Defensively, we're looking forward to it. It's the first NFC game. It's the highest-scoring offense in the league, and I think we want to see where we are and where we match up to the Cowboys."
Romo is very nimble in the pocket and can keep plays alive by avoiding pressure with his feet, but does Ogunleye find it harder to defend a QB who scrambles to throw or scrambles to run?
"Scrambles to run," he said. "Because eventually he will throw it. A guy who scrambles to run and pass, it's hard to get him. But a guy like Romo, you know that eventually the DBs still have to stay on their men, and we'll try to get to him because he will stand in the pocket every now and then and throw the ball."
DE Adewale Ogunleye (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The following Bears were only able to practice Thursday on a limited basis: DE Alex Brown (ankle), DT Tommie Harris (hamstring), C Olin Kreutz (ankle), CB Ricky Manning Jr., and P Brad Maynard. OG Ruben Brown (shoulder), on the other hand, was able to participate fully. Rookie TE Greg Olsen has been removed from the injury report completely.
As for the Cowboys, Thursday's injury report reads the same as Wednesday's: WR Terry Glenn (knee) is out for Week 3, LB Greg Ellis (Achilles) did not practice, and CB Terence Newman (back) only had limited participation.
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