Bears offense races past Rams in impressive victory

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Former Spartan RB Jeremy Langford provides depth in the backfield.

Former Spartan RB Jeremy Langford provides depth in the backfield.

Jay Cutler threw three touchdown passes, and both Zach Miller and Jeremy Langford scored two touchdowns apiece as the Chicago Bears dominated the St. Louis Rams 37-13 Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

The win marked the second impressive road victory for the Bears, who were coming off a short week after last Monday night’s victory in San Diego. The Bears improve to 4-5, while the Rams failed in their bid to move past the .500 mark and drop to 4-5.

Cutler continued his strong play, displaying a calm pocket presence in guiding the Bears offense to 397 total yards in a commanding offensive performance that would have been even more dominating had they not stopped off the gas in the second half. Cutler finished 19-of-24 for 258 yards, three scores, and perhaps more importantly, no interceptions. He was aided by a Chicago offensive line that kept an aggressive St. Louis defensive front at bay.

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Miller and Langford picked up where they left off in San Diego. After the Rams marched 7 plays in 80 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening possession, Miller grabbed a short pass in the flat from Cutler on the Bears first drive and raced 87-yards to get the Bears on the board. Miller displayed the type of speed not previously seen in his Bears career, sprinting past Ram defenders untouched to the end zone. He later made a leaping catch on Cutler’s lob from the St. Louis 2 to give the Bears a lead they would never relinquish.

Meanwhile, Langford helped the Bears keep the St. Louis defense off-balance when the game was still in doubt. A mix of tough, inside runs loosened up the perimeter, and Langford once again demonstrated his prowess as a pass catcher. He gathered a screen pass and cut upfield, showing breakaway speed en route to a 87-yard touchdown.  His 6-yard scamper at the 5:00 minute mark in the fourth quarter capped the scoring. Langford, starting for the injured Matt Forte, rushed for 73-yards

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on 20 carries and collected 109-yards in receiving.

On the other side of the ball, the Bears took advantage of a sluggish Rams offense. St. Louis QB Nick Foles struggled throwing the ball before being pulled late. Chicago also limited Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley to 45-yards, though St. Louis ditched the run in the second half trying to rebound from a 24-10 halftime deficit.

The Bears will try to keep the good vibes going when they return to the Windy City for what should be a emotional encounter with Denver. Bears head coach John Fox faces his former team for the first time since parting ways following a playoff loss last January.

Bears Tracks: The Bears won their first NFC game since beating Tampa Bay last November….Miller’s 87-yard TD was the longest for the Bears since 2010….Cutler became the first QB since J.P. Losman to toss 2 80-yard plus touchdowns….Shea McClellin was credited with 8 tackles in his first game back since returning from injury….Willie Young intercepted Foles late in the fourth quarter.

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