Chicago Bears relying on defense while offense figures it out

Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler

It has been a long time since anyone has seen a defense do some of the things that the Chicago Bears defense is doing in 2012.  But some have questioned whether or not the Chicago Bears are leaning too heavily on their stellar defense.

Thru their first eight games the Bears defense has allowed 15 points per game, which is just .7 more points per game than the legendary 1985 Bears defense allowed in their first eight contests.  They have also returned seven interceptions for touchdowns already, which is just two shy of the all time record held by the 1961 San Diego Chargers.

While these are staggering statistics, it is reasonable to assume that the defense won’t continue at this pace for the rest of the season.  Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith has addressed the need for the offense to step up.

“Right now we’re talking an awful lot about our defense,” said Smith. “But before this season is over, hopefully this week, it’s going to shift where we’re going to be talking an awful lot about the weapons that we have and offensively plays that we’re making.”

Winning games by slinging the football all over the field and scoring 40 plus points has been a concept extremely foreign to Chicago Bears fans, and it still is halfway through the 2012 season.

There is the outside chance that the Bears defense will continue their torrid pace and set all kinds of records leading the team to a Super Bowl championship; however more likely than not the defensive scores will cease and some weaknesses in the defense may be exploited at some point.

When that happens, everyone around NFL will find out whether this team is just the average Bears team that has had some lucky breaks so far this year and benefited from a soft schedule, or the team that boasts the high powered offense everyone has been hearing about since the acquisition of Brandon Marshall and signing of Matt Forte.

In this past Sunday’s blowout win over the Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was able to spark the offense, catching three touchdown passes. Even he admitted it was about time the offense steps up and helps out the defense.

“It was fun to be a part of it,” said Marshall. “The defense and special teams are getting better every game, every single play. It was fun to watch and also fun to be a part of at the end. Offensively, we were like, ‘Man, now we have to do our part,’ and that felt good to contribute a little bit.”

Matt Forte also added 103 yards on the ground as well as a touchdown against the Titans.

These are good signs for Chicago Bears fans because the Bears offense will only go as far as Marshall and Forte will take them.  They will need to step up big time the next few weeks as the Bears play the Houston Texans this Sunday night and follow that up with a Monday night match-up against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park.

These two games will be tough tests for the Chicago Bears as these two teams boast a combined 13-3 record.  Jay Cutler recognizes that Chicago will need the offense to start pulling its weight over the next few games if they hope to continue their six game winning streak.

“I don’t want to have to look the defensive guys in the eye and say, ‘Sorry, we couldn’t get it done for you guys,’” Cutler said.

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