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View from the Press Box: Bears at Titans

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It's not often a game is over after the first quarter, but the Chicago Bears made that reality scoring on special teams, a run, a pass and a pick 6 during the first 15 minutes of the game against Tennessee. Lovie Smith said he wanted to get off to a fast start but that was an all out sprint, scoring 28 first quarter points, a new franchise record. It set them up for a 51-20 win, their sixth in a row.

And it started when Charles Tillman forced a fumble on the first play of the game. The offense didn't get any points out of it, but the tone was set. Then with 6:52 to play Sherrick McMannis blocked a punt, Corey Wooten recovered, took it into the end-zone for the first of four Bears touchdowns scored in a span of 5 minutes and 12 seconds.

"Thats what we've been waiting for our team to do," Lovie Smith said. "We needed to see that, that's what we're capable of doing."

The thousands of Bears fans who took over Nashville, left hugging strangers like family. Lance Briggs summed it up by saying it's a lot of fun right now.

"The fans see what we do, that we've got something special going on," Briggs said.

Tillman certainly does. His four forced fumbles in the game, are a first in the NFL in 20 years.

"(Punching the ball out) is always on my mind, it's something I always think about, I speak it, I practice it, and it happens," Tillman said.

It actually happens more for him than any other player in the NFL. At the seasons mid-point, Tillman has seven forced fumbles, seven pass break-ups and has returned both his interceptions for touchdowns. I asked Brian Urlacher about Tillman making a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year.

"Strong case? I've never seen anything like it," Urlacher said.

Urlacher made a strong case to earn a weekly honor after recording seven tackles, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble and his first pick 6 since 2007.

"I felt left out, I wanted to be a part of that too," Urlacher said.

Urlacher ran 46 yards for his score, the seventh interception returned for a touchdown by the Bears defense this season. So much for them being "old."

In Jay Cutler's Nashville return, he certainly proved the offense can score too. Throwing for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns all to Brandon Marshall. Though Cutler did say the defense gave them more opportunities they did not take advantage of. And it's worth noting, Sunday's two offensive touchdowns before halftime was the first time since Week 1 that the Bears offense has scored more than one touchdown in the first half.

Something that has to change in the second half of the season, starting Sunday night hosting Houston, arguably the best team in the league across the board. A Monday night meeting in San Francisco waits on the other side but lets not get ahead of ourselves. The win was huge. It's reason to believe in the Bears to this point. But when Urlacher struggles to find an area the defense needs to improve on, it can only mean an exciting second half awaits for these 2012 Bears.


Lovie Smith called LP Field "Soldier Field South." And it was. When the Bears took the field it sounded like a Chicago home game. Lovie even slipped and said "each 'home' game it brings more and more." He meant road, but it feels so much like they are at home. And the fans not only took over Nashville, they drank the town dry. Sources tell me no less than four bars were out of beer by 10 p.m. Sunday night. San Francisco you've been warned.

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