1. Cutler is as tough as they come at the quarterback position
The scoring strike to Johnny Knox was the perfect example, as Cutler evaded the Oakland rush, flushed to his left and then floated a pretty pass to the back of the end zone after the secondary lost track of Knox for a split second.
2. The Cover 2 is especially bad when Urlacher isn't special
Smith and Co. had the Raiders right where they wanted them on the opening drive of the game, backed up in their own end and facing a 3rd and 17, but Jason Campbell hit Michael Bush with a simple pass out of the backfield that went for 24 yards and a first down, and Bush did a lot of his after-the-catch damage right through the middle of the Chicago defense.
3. Forte couldn't have made that touchdown run a year ago
This is the clearest evidence yet that not only was Forte hurt this past season and operating at perhaps 80 percent of his maximum capacity, but that the third-year pro certainly appears to be back to the form that made him such a sensation as a rookie in 2008.
4. Graham can't seem to work himself out of the doghouse
It's been acknowledged that Graham was in the coaching staff's dog house a year ago when he originally resisted a move to safety, and even though he has made tenfold the amount of plays Moore has in training camp, it's possible Graham is simply not one of Chicago's favorites and could end up losing this very important job.
5. Williams may not be the next Bears Pro Bowler after all
Some glass-half-full types were thinking Williams had a chance to be the next Pro Bowler in Chicago because of his pedigree and pass-protection skills, but a betting man would be wise to move that money over to special-teams ace Tim Shaw.
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