Bears steamroll Jags in second half to improve to 4-1

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When you see a score like 41-3 at the end of a game, it’s hard to convince yourself that there was ever a moment when it seemed possible that the losing team would win the game.

That was not the case in Sunday’s Bears-Jaguars game. It was 3-3 after one of the least inspiring halves of football you could ever wish upon your worst enemy and it wasn’t hard to see this mess continuing long enough for the Jaguars to get enough bounces in their direction to win the football game. At least, you could see that happening until the second half got underway.

The Bears found a little offensive footing with a 17-play drive for a field goal to kick off the half and then seized control when Charles Tillman picked off Blaine Gabbert for a 36-yard touchdown return that signaled the end of the competitive portion of the football game. The Bears started clicking on offense, with Cutler hitting Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall for touchdowns, and Lance Briggs taking another Gabbert touchdown to the house. Tillman’s touchdown was the eighth of his career, a new Bears record for a defensive player, and Briggs now has touchdowns in two straight games for Chicago.

That led to a lot of cheering for the Bears in the untarped seats at EverBank Field. It really felt as if the field tilted in the Bears’ direction when the second half got underway and things just rolled downhill from there.

Cutler finished with 292 passing yards, Marshall had 12 grabs for 144 yards and Matt Forte added 107 yards on the ground to make for a much more well-rounded offensive performance, 501 yards when all was said and done, than it looked like the Bears had in them during the first half. The Jaguars defense, meanwhile, looked like it ran out of gas on that first drive and never recovered their mojo as the offense kept putting them back on the field.

The Bears go into their bye on a three-game winning streak and in a tie for first place with the Vikings in an NFC North that looks like it should provide an entertaining race for the top spot. As for the Jaguars, they will use their bye to try to fix an offense that gained just 188 yards in another brutal performance.

29 responses to “Bears steamroll Jags in second half to improve to 4-1

  1. As a Bears fan, I can’t wait for ESPN to find/create something wrong that Jay did (“his fist bump with Tice was actually a punch!”). Every week, it’s only topped by the local media’s complaints (“Bears gotta get off to a faster start, that first half was too close!”).

  2. Power rankings are meaningless, but there simply is not a worse team in the league right now. Stephen Hawking could throw for 200 against them and not get touched.

  3. “All you guys bashing Gabbert are going to be eating crow when you see how much better he is this year.”

    Where’s that crow, I’m hungry.

  4. “As a Vikes fan, Bears are definitely scary this year.”

    As a Bear’s fan, I hope the Vikings get their stadium stuff squared away, and stay in the North, and not move. Also, please have an outdoor stadium. I love watching football in the snow. Enough with this dome crap.

  5. The Jags are just not an NFL caliber football team. Our GM Gene Smith has filled our roster with players who just can’t compete and have sub par talent.
    He needs to be FIRED and we need to go through ANOTHER overhaul until we can get some playmakers.
    Aside from a VERY few guys on the team – I say blow it all up and draft nothing but SEC players in every round…this Gene Smith driven “Ill show everyone how smart I am by OVERDRAFTING slow undersized guys from D2 and D3 schools so that if they pan out I can look a genius” has to stop. The production we have rec’d from his 4 yrs of drafts has been abysmal to the point of ridiculousness. He has GOT to go.

  6. Headline on Jaguars’ website tomorrow: “Jags Avoid Shutout as Gabbert Completes Over 50 Percent for Over 100 Yards and 2 TDs.”

    Of course, the 2 TDs were pick sixes, but hey, Gabbert makes games exciting for opponents’ fans.

  7. Hey JoeToronto, I’m very impressed. You don’t see a lot of people from Canada who can a actually type sensible coherent words. Good Job! I guess it’s pretty cool living in America’s hat!

  8. Oh but what will the media conjure up to shed some negativity on another good game from Cutler and that defense is just sick…

  9. @howiehandles that stadium thing was done before the season same people who built Dallas/Indy stadium is building it….man this doesn’t surprise me the black&blue is the tuffest devision in the league an the bears are alway atop of it sky’s the limit as long as Cutler stays health

  10. If the Bears defense keeps standing on its head week in week out, it won’t matter what As The Cutler Turns does at all.

    And forget the overrated Revis who is only “great” because he plays in New York, Tillman is the best corner in the league right now.

  11. It was tillmans second game in a row with a pick six also. First time ever the same 2 guys on defense have done it consecutive games. Great news for detriot, bears get 2 weeks to rest up and prepare. Stafford probably already having flashbacks to the last time at solider field.

  12. Hey good thing that Maurice jones drew didn’t hold out or they might have scored 0 points instead of 3 .

  13. Dont get scared packers fans… Try not to let the HATE OUT. Yea the packers beat Chicago but they cant beat nobody else. Now the cheese is in the basement of the north AN HERE COMES A TRIP TO TEXAS. 2-4 is coming next week an I love it cause it aint nothing better than a SAD Packers fan on Monday morning

  14. OMG!!! Did you see Cutler and Tice punch each other in the knuckles and flash their teeth at the end of the game? This must be the explosion we have been hearing about.

    Please spend the next week telling us all about this incident and about how Cutler hates Tice.

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