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Week 2 Game Recap: Chicago Bears 17, Carolina Panthers 20
What you need to know
QB Kyle Orton had a mediocre game, going 19 of 32 passing for only 149 yards. Although Orton didn't commit any turnovers, he struggled with his accuracy, most notably overthrowing a wide open Marty Booker and costing the Bears a potential touchdown. Orton did not throw or run for any touchdowns, however he did lead his team on one touchdown drive early in the third quarter, which was run in by fullback Jason McKie.
RB Matt Forte did not have much running room a lot of this game, but managed to rip off a few nice runs to put up a nice stat line. Forte totaled 113 total yards, 92 of them rushing on 23 attempts. When Forte found space to run, he showed good vision and agility as he made some nice cuts to gain extra yards.
Devin Hester left the game after returning a kick late in the third quarter due to an apparent rib injury. Hester was carted to the locker room, strange because he didn't take a big hit on the play, he was merely shoved out of bounds from behind.
QB Jake Delhomme started the game slow, but he finished much stronger, rallying his team back from a 14 point deficit. Delhomme seemed much more poised and accurate in the second half, leading his team on two scoring drives late in the third quarter and in the fourth to shock the Bears. He finished with only 128 yards passing and an interception, which hit his receiver right in the hands but was bobbled into the hands of a Bears' defender. Delhomme did throw a 32 yard touchdown to Muhsin Muhammad, but it was called back due to holding.
RB Jonathan Stewart dazzled in the second half and was a big part of the Panthers' success. Stewart had 77 yards rushing on 14 carries, with two touchdown runs of one and four yards. When Stewart got the ball in space he was often tough to bring down, bouncing off of Bears' defenders and breaking tackles. Throughout the game the Panthers played very sloppy, getting called for quite a few false start and holding penalties.
What you ought to know
|QB Kyle Orton, Pass: 19 - 32 - 149 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0|
Orton started the game strong, completing nine of 13 passes in the first half, but only managed to lead the Bears to a field goal. However, in the second half, Orton took advantage of good field position after an interception by the Bears' defense, leading the Bears to a touchdown and a 14 point lead. However, from that point on Orton did not look good at all, often overthrowing his receivers, and picking up a key intentional grounding play on the Bears' second to last drive on third down, forcing them to punt. As the Bears took what would be their final possession of the game, Orton could not complete either of his pass attempts, so the Panthers took over on downs and kneeled to victory.
|RB Matt Forte, Rush: 23 - 92 - 0, Rec: 3 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)|
Forte averaged four yards a carry in this contest, with a long run of 18 yards. He struggled to find room to run for most of the game, but had a few carries go for ten yards or more, showing impressive elusiveness when given room, cutting one of his runs back for a 15 yard gain. Forte also made the most of his three targets, catching all of them for an additional 21 yards. Forte did get a carry in the Panthers' red zone, but was stopped for no gain.
|RB Jason McKie, Rush: 3 - 7 - 1, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (2 targets)|
McKie ran in the only touchdown by the Bears' offense, showing an impressive display of power. He also was on the field in third and short situations when the Bears wanted to pick up the first down. On a fourth and one rush attempt at the end of the game McKie got the call to keep the Bears' hopes alive, however he was stuffed for no gain. McKie also was targeted for twice, but failed to make either catch.
|RB Kevin Jones, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0|
Jones only had one carry this entire game and he was stopped for no gain. It appears that Forte will be the featured back in this offense and Jones' opportunities will be limited.
|WR Brandon Lloyd, Rec: 5 - 66 - 0 (10 targets)|
Lloyd was the Bears' top receiver, hauling in five passes for 66 yards. He was also the most targeted Bears' receiver, getting an additional five targets. Lloyd made some impressive catches throughout this game, one of which was a leaping 32 yard catch on an underthrown ball down the sideline. He also caught a ball in the red zone and slid to the one yard line before being touched down, narrowly missing a touchdown.
|WR Rashied Davis, Rush: 1 - 17 - 0, Rec: 3 - 11 - 0 (8 targets)|
Davis was one of Orton's favorite targets, seeing the ball come his way eight times. Unfortunately, Davis was only able to haul in three of these targets and finished with only 11 yards. Most of the balls he failed to catch were poorly thrown, however he did drop a pass that hit him right in the hands on a Bears' third down. Davis also received a pass in his direction in the end zone, but the Panthers defenders were all over him and had him double covered. Davis also ran the ball once on an end around for a 17 yard gain.
|WR Devin Hester, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)|
Hester's lone catch was good for a first down, but he was only targeted twice all game. Hester was also quiet on special teams, only gaining a total of 25 return yards. Late in the third quarter Hester left this game due to a rib injury.
|WR Marty Booker, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (3 targets)|
Booker had one catch for four yards, but the more critical play came later in the game. Booker got open deep downfield and had at least three steps separation, but Orton overthrew him. Had this pass been on the mark, it is likely Booker would have scored a touchdown and put the game out of reach.
|WR Mark Bradley (1 targets)|
Bradley was targeted once by Orton, however he did not make the catch.
|TE Desmond Clark, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (2 targets)|
Clark caught both of his targets, finishing with a receiving total of 21 yards.
|TE Greg Olsen, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)|
Olsen had a tough day against the Panthers; although he caught both of his targets he fumbled the ball away both times. The first of the fumbles wasn't very costly, however the second fumble set the Panthers up for a touchdown, beginning their comeback.
|PK Robbie Gould 1 - 1 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 5 points|
There is nothing significant to report in the kicking game, Gould made all of his field goal and extra point attempts.
|CHI Rush Defense|
Strong early, the Chicago rush defense came apart in the second half as Jonathan Stewart ran all over them. Although a tackler always seemed to be there, they were constantly unable to wrap him up and he would seem to bounce off of them. Stewart converted on both of his goal line opportunities, scoring twice as the Bears were unable to come up with a stop.
|CHI Pass Defense|
Like the rush defense, the pass defense seemed to wear down as the game went on. Delhomme was visibly frustrated in the first half, unable to get anything going against the Bears' tough coverage. However, on the Panthers' final scoring drive which would lead to their win, the defense failed to stop Delhomme as he completed all three of his pass attempts for 43 yards
|QB Jake Delhomme, Pass: 12 - 21 - 128 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 3 - 0|
Delhomme struggled against the Bears most of the game, but he seemed to improve as the second half went on. The turning point seemed to be after he took a big hit on an attempt to run for a first down, as he came back out and led the Panthers to touchdowns on two of the next four drives. During these drives Delhomme was five for seven for 54 yards, compared to going seven of 14 for 74 yards and an interception the rest of the game.
|RB Jonathan Stewart, Rush: 14 - 77 - 2 (1 targets)|
Stewart was the star of the Panthers' offense as he racked up 77 yards on 14 carries, adding two touchdowns. Stewart saw the majority of his action in the second half, and he showed his power as he bounced off of Bears' defenders. His long run of the afternoon was 24 yards, as he broke tackles and ground out extra yards. Stewart's two touchdown runs came on goal line carries, from four yards and one yard out.
|RB DeAngelo Williams, Rush: 11 - 31 - 0, Rec: 1 - -6 - 0 (1 targets)|
Williams didn't have a very productive day, running for only 31 yards on 11 carries. He also had a negative six yard reception, getting swallowed up in the backfield by the Bears before he had much of a chance to react. Any yards he gained today he had to fight for, and after running ineffectively for the first half, the team gave most of the carries to Stewart in the second half.
|RB Brad Hoover, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (2 targets)|
Hoover had two catches for 18 yards, and also added one carry for five yards today.
|WR Muhsin Muhammad, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (6 targets)|
Muhammad very nearly had a tackle breaking 32 yard touchdown catch, but it was called back because of a holding penalty on the offense. However, Muhammad still managed to haul in 5 balls for 59 yards, as Delhomme's most consistent receiver of the afternoon. His best catch came early in the third quarter when Delhomme connected with him for a 33 yard gain, however the drive ended the next play when Delhomme threw an interception.
|WR D.J. Hackett, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (7 targets)|
Hackett was targeted seven times but only managed to haul in one of the attempts, mostly due to errant throws by Delhomme. On his lone catch, he made a nice grab down the sideline for a 22 yard gain. He also would have had another 23 yard catch, but it was called back because of an illegal formation by the Panthers.
|WR Steve Smith|
Smith did not play in this game because he was serving the second game of his two game suspension.
|TE Jeff King, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)|
King had two catches for 29 yards, the majority of the yardage coming on a catch where he was tackled at the Bears' one yard line. One of the key plays of the afternoon was a pass that Delhomme appeared to complete to King early in the third quarter, but King juggled it and a Bears defender tipped it to Charles Tillman for the interception. It was a tough break for Delhomme, because he hit King in the hands and this was clearly King's fault.
|TE Dante Rosario, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)|
After breaking out in week one, Rosario was held to just one catch in this afternoon's game. Rosario's lone reception came on a short pass play when he fell down, but managed to get back up and still make the catch for a six yard gain.
|PK John Kasay 2 - 2 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 8 points|
There is no significant news to report in the kicking game, Kasay made all of his field goals and extra points.
|CAR Rush Defense|
Carolina did a good job holding down Matt Forte most of the game this afternoon. Forte often was met by defenders at the line of scrimmage, however there were instances where he would find himself with space and cut through defenders for moderate gains. Carolina also gave up a rushing touchdown to FB Jason McKie in the third quarter, but later came up with a huge stop when the stuffed him on a fourth and one at the end of the game.
|CAR Pass Defense|
The Panther's struggled to stop Kyle Orton early in the game, as he hooked up with most of his targets early in the game. However, they had a bend but don't break look about them as the Bears only managed three points off of their first two drives, which was when Orton was looking his best. From that point on Carolina's defenders were blanketed over Bears' receivers, making it difficult for Orton to find an open man, and their two fumble recoveries played a big part in the Carolina victory today.