Bears offense has its day vs. defense in front of home crowd

Bears offense has its day vs. defense in front of home crowd
August 2, 2014, 11:45 pm
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The offense apparently was saving its best for the home folks.

After repeated practices with the made-over defense having a surprising upper hand on the NFL’s No. 2 scoring offense of 2013, Jay Cutler picked that defense apart repeatedly in the tight red zone in front of an unofficial 20,000-plus for the annual Family Fest practice in Soldier Field.

At one point he bobbled a snap, picked it up and promptly threw a touch pass to Martellus Bennett behind two defensive backs in the right corner of the end zone. In the same session Bennett easily took a Cutler pass at the goal line on a crossing route for a score.

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Not to be left out, Matt Forte blew through a hole in the “A” gap to go virtually untouched into the end zone as Cutler gave an emphatic touchdown signal with raised arms. Brandon Marshall lit the south end zone crowd up with a touchdown catch of his own.

“Everybody’s been working really hard,” said left guard Matt Slauson. “Jay did a tremendous job, our line had a good day and of course our skill guys are always tough. So that’s the goal, to have days like this.”

The defense didn’t much like it. Safety Ryan Mundy delivered a hit on Eric Weems several steps after the wide receiver had caught a touchdown pass on a short seam route. Weems took exception to the blow, and the two had to be separated after exchanging combative pushes to each other’s face masks.