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.'