1) Is the Bears offensive line this bad or is the Packers defense this good?
Jay Cutler was harassed all night, ultimately getting sacked 7 times and throwing 4 interceptions. We all know that Clay Matthews, who delivered 3.5 sacks, is good (he now has 6.0 sacks over the first two games), but seeing Cutler struggle so badly against the Packers was a bit of a surprise. However, a lot of the Packers defensive problems from a year ago were due to playing with such big leads and getting soft, as opposed to overall ability. That could become an issue again at some point in 2012, but so far that hasn’t been the case. With constant pressure, the Packers defense should be a good play.
2) Maybe Cedric Benson isn’t washed up after all?
He was awful against the 49ers in the opener, but that was against the premier rushing defense in the league. He was given 20 carries last night turning it into 81 yards (while adding 4 receptions for 35 yards). Is he going to be a top option? Of course not, because the Packers are always going to be a pass first team. That said, he could hold value as a fill-in option depending on the match-up, even once James Starks returns. However, I wouldn’t pump him up too much.
3) Trusting “breakout” wide receivers is tough to do, isn’t it?
With Greg Jennings out everyone expected Randall Cobb and James Jones to have huge games. Cobb was targeted just twice, with 1 reception and 20 yards (as well as one run for 28 yards). Jones, meanwhile, was targeted 5 times but had just 2 receptions for -1 yards. How about Alshon Jeffery with the Bears, who was targeted just twice and managed 1 reception for 7 yards. There are reasons these players are considered sleepers and while they had upside, rolling the dice in a Thursday night game ultimately put you in a bit of a hole. While it isn’t a universal answer, fantasy owners would be better served to be a little bit more cautious in future weeks.
4) Michael Bush is a must use option depending on Matt Forte’s injury, right?
Absolutely. He showed he was borderline usable after the two basically split carries in Week 1. If Forte is forced to miss any time, Bush should get the bulk of the carries and be given an opportunity to really flourish. We saw him do it in Oakland behind Darren McFadden and this shouldn’t be anything different. Forte left in the third quarter last night with a foot injury and couldn’t return to the game (according to ESPN, which you can read here, “The Bears believe Forte suffered a high ankle sprain, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.”). Bush ended up with 14 carries for 54 yards on the night. While Bush shouldn’t be on waivers in most formats, if he is I would rush to make your claim just in case.
5) Is Brandon Marshall a WR1?
He was considered one entering Week 2, after he was targeted 15 times in the Bears’ opening contest. However, like most of the Bears passing attack, he was virtually invisible last night. He finished with just 2 catches for 24 yards on 5 targets. Is he going to be that bad most weeks? Obviously not, but people probably went a little bit overboard pushing him near the top of wide receiver rankings. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of his first two performances. Consider him more of a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 with the potential to produce like a top WR1 on any given week. The injury to Forte could change that perception slightly, because the Bears will likely throw it a little bit more, but I still wouldn’t consider him an elite option.
Make sure to check out our Week 2 rankings: