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September 09, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

"Damn son, Bears fans are geeked," my buddy G said two days ago as we talked about this 2012 Bears season. "You guys are freaking out about one player."

"You're from Minnesota," I told him. "You've had Randy Moss and Cris Carter and even Anthony Carter. We've had Marty Booker and Tom Waddle. Now we get to watch Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery? Hot damn," I said in disbelief. "This is gonna be sweet."

And I was right, though not immediately. Because five minutes into the game, the Bears' duct-taped offensive line hijacked our happiness with this hideous sequence: sack, false start, snap in the dirt—all of which made our strong-armed quarterback jittery enough to throw a Rexian pick-six on a soft pass to Matt Forte inside the 10-yard line. Colts 7, Bears 0.

But the bleeding stopped soon after. The Bears led by 10 at halftime and won 41-21 behind a passing attack that scored from close (a 3-yard strike to Marshall) and deep (a 42-yard beauty to Jeffery). Forte (120 total yards, one touchdown) was his usual elusive, shifty self, while his backfield compatriot Michael Bush banged in two short-yardage touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Bears D allowed only 14 points while forcing five turnovers and thrice sacking rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. The defensive standout? Ex-Colt Tim Jennings, who hauled in two breathtakingly acrobatic interceptions while also tipping a pass to teammate Chris Conte for another score-saving turnover.

Still, what sticks in the mind are Bears receivers flying around the field, particularly the brilliant Marshall who, late in the third quarter, produced his first ever no-other-Bears-receiver-could-have-done-that moment. Facing third-and-13 from their own 38, Marshall caught a pass near the Bears 45 and was hit immediately by Indy's Jerraud Powers.

The play seemed dead, yet Marshall somehow managed to spin and stretch the ball almost to the Colts 49, all in the process of being tackled. He was ruled down at the 50 and the Bears punted on fourth-and-1 …

… but ye gods man! A fella could get used to this.

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor.


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