Sunday, November 8, 2009
Bears can't compete with this offense (yet)
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
CHICAGO -- Here’s the question I have with 11 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the second quarter at Soldier Field: What would have happened if Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin was in uniform?
Even without Boldin, the Cardinals are blowing out Chicago. It’s 21-7 here early in the second quarter, and the Bears haven’t come close to slowing down the Cardinals' offense.
The Cardinals have scored touchdowns on all three possessions and already have 210 total yards along with 15 first downs. Quarterback Kurt Warner has completed his last 11 passes, and Arizona’s usually-quiet running game already has 82 yards.
Most importantly, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman is having a rough time chasing receiver Larry Fitzgerald in one-on-one coverage. Fitzgerald has five receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
If I’m the Bears, I do whatever I can to keep the Arizona offense off the field. But to this point, the Bears have thrown on 11 of their first 13 plays and aren’t maintaining possession.