We all knew that Jay Cutler was a good quarterback, but we didn’t know he actually had weapons to help him on offense.
I mean who was Johnny Knox, Kellen Davis and Earl Bennett before this season?
Not only did those young guys play well, but Devin Hester was drawing lots of double teams and made many nice catches. Greg Olsen played huge as well after getting leveled by Steelers safety Tyrone Carter. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson was put in the game late in the second quarter and I liked how Bears coaches used him. They called some screens for him and some nice running calls too.
Now lets get to the young guys.
Kellen Davis didn’t catch a pass last season because he didn’t get lots of opportunities with Dez Clark and Greg Olsen in front of him, but he showed up big yesterday. Having a target, who is 6’7″ really helps a lot and he made some huge plays for the Bears yesterday, including a touchdown in the second quarter.
Now to Earl Bennett, the guy showed up big in week one against Green Bay, but didn’t do much yesterday. However he got some great blocks on a big third down play and found a way to convert it.
The biggest surprise of this group is fifth round pick from the small school called Abilene Christian, Johnny Knox. First of all the Bears got that fifth round pick in the trade for Jay Cutler, so that is pretty cool. Knox showed how fast he really is against Pittsburgh yesterday. He had six catches for 70 yards and was zipping up and down the field. He had the game tying touchdown catch and had a 50 yard kick return (that was called back because of a hold). Knox is the real deal and I think if your a Bears fan you had to be excited about this kid during the preseason, now you know he is for real.
With the speed of Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett and the size of Greg Olsen and Kellen Davis this team could be unstoppable if it’s in sync like yesterdays game. Don’t forget Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and Garrett Wolfe as weapons not only on the ground, but also through the air. These are the players I have been raving about all summer and now their showing everybody their for real.
Next week the Bears visit the Seattle Seahawks, who could be without QB Matt Hasselback.
Time: 4:05 ET on Sunday