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Does the Bears' defense have staying power?

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The Bears probably can't count on three takeaways and one defensive touchdown a week. But their defensive effort in a 30-12 season-opening victory over the Atlanta Falcons wasn't done with mirrors - which might help answer the obvious question after Week 1: Can the Bears keep this up?

The Bears had five sacks and 11 quarterback hurries -- including two sacks and seven QB hurries by defensive tackle Henry Melton. Julius Peppers had two sacks, a QB hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. And their depth was evident: Amobi Okoye had a sack and Nick Reed had a pass defense.

''Our D-line was great,'' said linebacker Brian Urlacher, who scored on a 12-yard fumble recovery and also had an interception and a tackle-for-loss among his 10 tackles.

''What we did offensively was exciting for us on defense. And our D-line ... I that's something to build on right there. Everyone was talking about Henry, Pep is Pep -- you know what Pep can do. But all those guys up front played hard. Nick Reed came in and did a good job for us, Izzy... I could name them all gain. But they all did a good job for us.

''We were able to play a lot of zone, which is good for our team. We're a pretty fast team, so any time you get seven sets of eyes in the back end on the quarterback, breaking on the football, it's going to help your team. Coaches called a great game for us. Put us in position to make plays again.'

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Well, either the Bears defensive line is really good, or the Falcons offensive line is really bad? I think its a little bit of both. Time will tell. Chicago's defensive line will get more of a test this week vs the Saints, their guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans will probably post more of a challenge than what the Falcons did. If theres a weak link to the Saints line its right tackle Zack Strief, Chicago needs to go after him, I say line Peppers up on his side and let J-Pep have his fun.

Henry Melton had a coming out party, he's the key, that under tackle position coming on to help Julius Peppers. Melton's the one who needs to keep it up, if he can, along with Peppers, who will always be Peppers, the Bears defense could be something special. You gotta like what Okoye brings also, again, the key will be these other guys opposite Peppers. That will be the key to the "staying power" GO BEARS!!

I'm not sure if staying power is the right question to ask about the defense. I think the question we should ask is does this defense have enough depth to manage a serious injury to a stalwart player. I am still concerned about the linebacker position, and also corner. The team still needs the pash rush we had on sunday, but we need playmakers who can take advantage of the opportunities the pressure will bring.

This as a great start to the season, but if we are not careful we could still have a losnig record after three games, I doubt it, but this is the NFL and anything is possible.

I also agree with Marshall Faulk, the market is set for Forte, Angelo needs to pay the man and get this deal done....Go BEARS

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