Bears running back Matt Forte coughed the ball up twice, including one that the Detroit Lions capitalized on with a touchdown.
But, Forte was arguably the most encouraging offensive player in the debut of Mike Martz's offense.
Forte managed just 50 rushing yards on 17 carries (2.9-yard average). But, he thrived in the Marshall Faulk role, catching all seven of the passes intended for him and turning it into 151 yards. He showed tremendous patience on his 89-yard touchdown on a screen. He waited for center Olin Kreutz to take out the first defender, then he waited for tight end Greg Olsen to occupy a Lions defensive back.
But even more impressive may have been the 28-yard touchdown on 2nd and 18. Forte got a step on his defender, and he made a difficult twisting catch in the end zone.
"I knew it was man-to-man coverage because the safety walked up so I knew either him or the linebacker had me," Forte said. "I went around him and Jay made a great throw and I caught it."
Cutler called Forte a "great player" and highlighted is intelligence.
"He has such a great feel for football," Cutler said of Forte. "Knows when to cut. Knows when to make it happen."