Julius Peppers: “Russell Wilson caught us off guard”

Julius Peppers told reporters with the Chicago Tribune that Russell Wilson caught the team off guard. “He likes to play with his legs,” defensive end Julius Peppers said via the Chicago Tribune. “We weren’t prepared for it, but he did a good job today.” How in the world is that possible? The Seahawks noticed the Bears were caught flat-footed by the rookie QB as well: “As the game went on, I continued to tell the coaches and they saw it too,” Wilson said via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Especially in the end of the game, the read option is wide open.” 

It’s time to put up or shut up for the Bears vaunted defense. The defense surrendered a 12-play, 97-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter, during which Wilson gained 19 yards on two runs and completed 6 of 9 passes for 80 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Notre Dame Alum Golden Tate. The Bears’ defense gave up a season-high 459 yards, and Wilson completed 23 of 37 passes for 293 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for 71 yards on nine carries. 67 of those rushing yards came in the second half after the Seahawks realized the Bears had no clue how to stop a read option.

Lovie Smith and company need to get a handle on things when they face good teams. The Bears are currently 1-4 against teams currently in playoff position. The one win came in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts in Andrew Luck’s first start. Any Bears fans feel good about the chances of being able to beat the Colts again now that Luck is settled in?

The Bears are still 8-4 but as we enter the home stretch of the season, the question still remains, are the Bears contenders or pretenders?

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