So THAT'S what it looks like when Jay Cutler smiles. In fact, Monday's Bears win illustrated not just what his smiles look like but where they come from.
For instance, when the offensive line gives Cutler time to throw, he smiles. And when best buddy Brandon Marshall gives him a jump ball target as large as Shaq in the post, he smiles. And when he flips a pass off his back foot to a sprinting Devin Hester for a touchdown, yes, the cantankerous quarterback is all smiles.
Speaking of that beautiful touchdown, Hester smiles when he watches the replay and sees that he did indeed have both hands beneath the football. Kyle Adams smiles when he springs Matt Forte for an 8-yard run. Forte smiles when he guts out yards on an injured ankle. Kellen Davis smiles when a batted ball lands on his chest.
And Alshon Jeffery smiles when his fumble is reversed and he is ruled down by contact. (That even makes Lovie Smith smile.)
Then there's Henry Melton, who smiles after he's dragged Tony Romo down for a sack or pressured Romo into an interception that bounds into the arms of Lance Briggs. Briggs smiles when he cuts that turnover upfield and into the end zone. Charles Tillman smiles when he double-checks his grip on an interception before scoring his seventh career defensive TD, tying him with former teammate Mike Brown.
Major Wright smiles big when he nabs his second interception of the game. Chris Conte and D.J. Moore smile when they use their limited frames to torque opponents to the ground. And Bears fans smile when their team invades Cowboys Stadium and mollywhomps Dallas on national TV.
Next up for the first place Bears is Jacksonville (1-3) on Sunday, followed by a week off. I don't care who you are, that'll leave you smiling.
Special contributor Jack M Silverstein covers the Bears for RedEye. Say hey @ReadJack.
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