Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field.
Chicago overcame a slow start beat the Indianapolis Colts 41-21 at Soldier Field on Sunday. Jay Cutler had 333 yards and two TDs in the win that starts the Bears' season off right.
The first two offensive series of the game did not hint at the offensive explosion that was coming. Cutler was sacked, fumbled a snap, threw an incompletion and an interception for a touchdown. When the offense did settle down, they had three long touchdown drives in the first half.
Brandon Marshall started his Bears career with 6 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. Matt Forte added 80 yards on the ground and 40 by air. Michael Bush showed how good he is at getting in the end zone, finishing off two Bears drives with touchdowns.
On defense, Brian Urlacher returned from injury to have two tackles and a broken up pass. He was pulled from the game when the Bears were up by two touchdowns.
The young defensive players really had a chance to shine. Tim Jennings ruined Andrew Luck's NFL debut, picking off the no. 1 draft pick twice. Chris Conte, coming back from injury, added one. Henry Melton had two sacks. Corey Wootton forced a fumble that was recovered by Julius Peppers.
The game was not without cost, as Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman did leave the game with a leg injury.
Next, Chicago will head to Green Bay for a Thursday night game with the NFC North rival Packers.