CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 09: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs after catching a pass as Jerraud Powers #25 of the Indianapolis Colts chases him on September 9, 2012 during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
The Bears started the season as well as anyone could have hoped. A 41-21 win with several players contributing started the season and created momentum heading into Thursday night's game with Green Bay. But who really stuck out?
Grizzly Bears -- the players who tamed the Colts:
Brandon Marshall -- This is what it looks like to have a No. 1 receiver, Chicago fans. It means having a reliable option on every pass. It means having a leader who can pull in 119 yards on six catches and a touchdown. It means having a threat that opposing defenses have to deal with, freeing up other offensive options.
Tim Jennings -- When Charles Tillman went out, Tim Jennings stepped up. Last season, he had two interceptions. He equaled that total against the Colts.
Matt Forte -- Mr. Consistency delivered again. There was no change in his play since he became a millionaire. Forte had 80 yards rushing and added another 40 receiving, including a one-handed grab that made Forte look like a receiver, not a running back.
Henry Melton -- Any concerns about the Bears' pass rush were quelled by seeing Melton get after Andrew Luck. Melton finished the day with two sacks and four tackles.
This is normally the spot where we call out the Teddy Bears, the players who did not do so well on the field. Yes, there were mistakes. No one played perfectly. But Jay Cutler was sacked only twice. The offensive line opened holes for every Bears weapon. The pass rush consistently pestered Andrew Luck. What had been problem areas for the Bears were not on Sunday.