By John Mullin, CSNChicago.com
Sept. 12 vs. Detroit Lions (0-2) 19-14
Bears survive four turnovers and red-zone failures to escape with a W after officials rule Calvin Johnson did not complete a potential winning TD catch. Jay Cutler passes for 372 yards, Matt Forte nets 201 yards on 24 touches.
Sept. 19 At Dallas Cowboys (0-2) 27-20
Cutlers 0 INTs plus in-game adjustments to Dallas pressure produced TD passes to Devin Hester, Greg Olsen and Matt Forte. Physical defense forced three Cowboys turnovers, all involving nickel back D.J. Moore who gets his first two career picks.
Sept. 27 (Mon.) Green Bay Packers (2-0) Next: vs. Bears
Buffalo was no problem for Pack, especially LB Clay Matthews, who had three sacks of Trent Edwards and now has six in two games. LT Chris Williams struggled with Matthews last year and Frank Omiyale may be the man on the spot if Williams hamstring is a problem, which is likely.
Oct. 3 At New York Giants (1-1) Next: vs. Tennessee
Peyton Manning picked brother Elis boys apart in a 24-0 start. Giants not getting impact defensive plays from front four and enough consistency from suddenly faulty running game. Giants D allowed 410 yards.
Oct. 10 At Carolina Panthers (0-2) Next: vs. Cincinnati
Things are getting so bad in Carolina that Jimmy Clausen got a look at QB after Matt Moore again was abysmal, with four INTs in two games and WR Steve Smith having the Panthers only two TDs of the season.
Oct. 17 Seattle Seahawks (1-1) Next: vs. San Diego
After shocking San Francisco, Seahawks do nothing vs. Denver in the 22-1/2 minutes they had the ball. Four turnovers (vs. zero by Broncos) assured they didnt have it long.
Oct. 24 Washington Redskins (1-1) Next: at St. Louis
Washington was outscored 23-7 in the second half, including FG in OT for Texans win. Albert Haynesworth (OK, if you say so) not active for Redskins, who need something like St. Louis to start getting momentum under Mike Shanahan.
Oct. 31 Off week
Nov.7 At Buffalo Bills (0-2) in Toronto Next: at New England
Offense managed 166 yards vs. Miami and now 186 vs. Green Bay. If there is less threatening offense in the NFL, lets see it.
Nov. 14 Minnesota Vikings (0-2) Next: vs. Detroit
Brett magicdone. Favre throws three INTs, loses a fumble and Adrian Peterson is stopped on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to leave the Vikings in a deep hole and all but out of the NFC North race before its even started. The Lions could be the back-breaker.
Nov. 18 At Miami Dolphins (2-0) Next: vs. NY Jets
Dolphins didnt do anything overly well at Minnesota, just let Favre hand the ball and the game with red-zone gaffes. Miami believed enough in its let the Vikings receive the opening kickoff and now is an impressive 2-0 on the road.
Nov. 28 Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) Next: at Jacksonville
Lions scored the last 15 points in the game and had the ball with an onside kick but couldnt score late to fall a FG short in Michael Vicks first start since 2006. Looks like Vick will be back on the bench behind Kevin Kolb (concussion) by the time the Eagles face the Bears but Vick is great insurance.
Dec. 5 at Detroit Lions (0-2) Next: at Minnesota
Rookie RB Jahvid Best scored three TDs but Lions defense could not shut down Michael Vick. Best also caught nine passes and Detroit threatened the Eagles even without franchise QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder).
Dec. 12 New England Patriots (1-1) Next: vs. Buffalo
Pats are no longer the king of the AFC East after being thumped by the Jets. But Chan Gaileys no-offense Bills are coming in for the weekend.
Dec. 20 At Minnesota Vikings (0-2) Next: vs. Detroit
Dec. 26 New York Jets (1-1) Next: At Miami
After a dismal showing vs. Baltimore in their opener, Jets rebounded with a vital and decisive 28-14 win over New England with Mark Sanchez throwing 3 TD passes for the first time in his career.
Jan. 2 at Green Bay Packers (2-0) Next: at Bears
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