By James Turnage

Thursday night football featured the possibility of a legendary game. The NFL’s oldest rivalry between the Chicago Bears at the Green Bay Packers promised to be a great game. In the first week, Sunday last, Green Bay lost and Chicago won. The Bears had a chance to take a dominant position in the division.

Chicago had acquired Brandon Marshall who was a teammate of Jay Cutler when they were in Denver. This combination was supposed to be a winning duo of quarterback and wide receiver. What occurred was a result that frustrated Denver Bronco fans for several years. Cutler threw interceptions, and Marshall dropped a pass which would have been a touchdown. Several of Cutler’s passes were placed in positions which would have forced a great effort to become a reception.

Overall the Bears showed a lack of football intelligence. Every aspect of the team made critical mistakes in a game that had great significance for their chance to win one of the toughest divisions in football. Although the Packers lost their first game, they appeared to be in control.

As the game entered the fourth quarter, the Packers were in a position to establish complete control. The Bears were once again overrated with an offense that was incompetent. When Williams made and interception of a Cutler pass with just over eleven minutes left in the game, it was over. Marshall made no effort to disallow the turnover. On the next play, Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Donald Driver, putting the game out of reach.

The Bears are rated above the rest at the beginning of every season. This is probably due to a Superbowl appearance when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts. In my humble opinion, they won’t be in a game of that magnitude again in my lifetime, most certainly with Cutler at quarterback. A strong arm does not make an NFL quarterback a winner.

Brandon Marshall has no intellect related to football. He had one more chance in the fourth quarter to catch a touchdown, but was unaware of the situation. Cutler finally completed a pass for a touchdown to his tight end.

The sad result of this game is that the Bear defense gave 100% effort for the entire game. Their offense gave less than that.

With three minutes left, Cutler was intercepted again.

I know it’s early in the season, but Chicago and its current personnel will never win a division, and certainly not a Superbowl.

I’m obviously not sticking my neck out when I predict that the Packers will win their division. Although it is early in the season, and they faltered to a 49ers team that I believe will not even win their division, the Packers will go on to win their division and possibly the NFL championship.

Personally, I can’t wait for Sunday and the rest of week two.