Unusually dominant performances by the defensive and special teams units of the Chicago Bears have led to a 28-2 advantage over the Tennessee Titans after just one quarter on Sunday afternoon.
The first big play came midway through the first quarter when defensive back Sherrick McManis got his hand on a Titans punt, which defensive end Corey Wootton corralled in at the 5-yard line before taking it in for the score. Soon afterward, a big punt return by Devin Hester set up an easy score by Matt Forte.
On the defensive end, Chicago continues to be a potentially special group. Tennessee has gotten only one first down while committing three turnovers, including an interception that Brian Urlacher returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery by Chris Conte in the Titans' red zone.
The Bears' offense continues to be shaky, though, as evidenced by the lack of total yardage and a safety on a J'Marcus Webb penalty in the Titans' end zone, accounting for the safety. Chicago's two scores came as the result of other big plays – the punt return by Hester and the fumble recovery by Conte.
It may not matter, though:
Stat from Fox: Bears defense has scored 8 touchdowns this season. It's allowed 7.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 4, 2012