In a battle between two teams that depend on their defenses to win, it's unsurprising to see that the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos are tied 0-0 in the middle of the second quarter of Sunday's game. The Broncos have been far more effective on offense so far, with two drives into Chicago territory, but they haven't been able to capitalize.
The first productive Broncos drive ended when Charles Tillman picked off the Broncos' Tim Tebow at the Denver 24, just the quarterback's second interception of the season. And the team's next quality drive saw them get to Chicago's 11-yard line, but kicker Matt Prater's field goal attempt was blocked by Bears super defensive end Julius Peppers. It's been an impressive day for both defenses so far.
Denver has accumulated 99 yards of total offense so far, compared to just 40 by Chicago. Tebow is just 3-for-9 passing so far with an interception, but the three completions cover 45 yards and he's added another 22 yards rushing. Chicago has done a great job at stopping Broncos running back Willis McGahee, though, as he's gotten just 29 yards on his first 11 carries. And the Bears defense has come up with two absolutely huge plays to keep the game scoreless as the offense continues to sputter.
The Bears continue to really struggle as a team offensively. Caleb Hanie has completed three of his four pass attempts, but for just ten yards, and he's been sacked twice already as well. Marion Barber has nine carries for 46 yards, but the team's gotten -6 yards of passing offense today. And yes, that not a typo. The Bears passing game has lost yardage so far. Hopefully they can get some things going in the near future.
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