Monday meanderings: The Chicago Bears’ 41-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (Sept. 9) at Soldier Field showed the Bears can beat a rebuilding team. With their next game being Thursday at Green Bay (which lost its opener 30-22 to the visiting San Francisco 49ers), the Bears will find out quickly whether they can beat a rebounding team.
* Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had a 1.9 QB rating for his first-quarter performance (or lack thereof). He finished 21-of-35 for 333 yards, two touchdowns and an inteception (returned for a Colts TD). He was sacked twice. His Game 1 QB rating ended up 98.9. Something says Bears fans — not to mention the coaching staff — will settle for those numbers (minus the interception) any game.
* Something also says Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be more challenging for the Bears defense than Colts rookie QB Andrew Luck. It’s still unclear to some of us how Luck went to Stanford and not Notre Dame. If the ND publicity mill could come up with a “Theismann for Heisman” campaign a few decades ago, can you imagine what it could have done with a “Luck of the Irish” theme?
* Speaking of Luck, he threw for 309 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in his debut vs. the Bears. His predecessor, Peyton Manning, threw for 302 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in his pro debut in 1998. Both QBs lost their career openers. Something says the Colts will be thrilled if Luck comes close to Manning’s success.
* Speaking of rookie QBs, Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins went 19-of-26 (73.1 percent) for 320 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.9 passer rating in a 40-32 victory at New Orleans. He became the first NFL QB to throw for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception in his debut. Gee, if there had only been a bounty on him …
* You have to give the programming folks at CMT for having a repeat of the seventh-season premiere of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” on Sunday afternoon. Which meant some of us viewing NFL games had something to watch at halftime — if not longer.
As a consolation prize for Saints fans, maybe this video will suffice. For the rest of us, it really doesn’t matter that New Orleans is 0-1:
There’s always room for some NFL cheerleader video — even if it’s not game action:
And certainly there’s no harm in running another Miami Dolphins cheerleader video. After all, Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson – a friend of this site — once was a Dolphins cheerleader. And, yes, this is a reminder that the Bears once had cheerleaders. They were the Honey Bears, whose last season was 1985 when the football franchise won its only Super Bowl championship.
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