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Bears won't need to remember these Titans

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  • Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and linebacker Brian Urlacher had plenty to celebrate during Sunday's rout of the Titans.

    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and linebacker Brian Urlacher had plenty to celebrate during Sunday's rout of the Titans.
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A reasonable person could conclude that at some point the Bears' offense will have to participate in the 2012 NFL season, especially when they begin playing quality opponents.

But thus far reason has nothing to do with it.

The defense continues to score at a record pace and Sunday the special teams got involved, creating a very bad combination for Tennessee as the Bears blew out the Titans early and cruised to a 51-20 victory.

The 7-1 Bears are all the NFL rage right now and a convenient pick to win it all. It's understandable considering the way they frustrate opponents and destroy a team's confidence by taking away the football.

Each week you think some football team is going to be coached to protect the ball, and each week the same Bears players steal the pigskin.

Eventually, they might run into a team that is convinced by its boss to guard the football, but with every passing victory you wonder if the Bears can't win the Super Bowl with a very simple formula that involves consistently punching loose the ball.

It was laughable Sunday after Tennessee gained 23 yards on the first play of the game and Charles Tillman hammered it out for a turnover.

First play of the game? I mean, do these teams watch film?

The Bears get beat plenty in coverage, but they go for the ball on every single play. Every single play, and yet opposing players carry the football like they're on a Sunday stroll in the park.

Tillman forced 3 fumbles in the first 20 minutes Sunday, 2 for turnovers, and a total of 4 during the blowout.

Matt Hasselbeck threw a pick-6 to Brian Urlacher when all Urlacher had to do was stay upright on his way to the end zone, and Urlacher poked free another fumble when running back Chris Johnson had a big gain and forgot Urlacher was right behind him.

The Bears are not as fast as they claim and are often behind their adversaries, but once trailing they are incredibly quick and ferocious to the ball, looking to strip it immediately. They did it 4 times on defense just in the first half against Tennessee.

So what were the Titans thinking? Not about how to stay in the game, that's for sure.

Of course, there was also Sherrick McManis left unblocked on a punt, and he easily stuffed it for a Corey Wootton touchdown.

At only 7-2, a terrible punt -- after penalties put the Titans in a deep hole -- led to a big Devin Hester return and a short field for Matt Forte.

At that point Tennessee simply quit and the Bears poured it on, but their offensive numbers came in garbage time after the game was over, and it was over in a hurry.

When it was 31-5 at the half Sunday, Tennessee had 148 net yards to only 136 for the Bears, and time of possession was dead even.

Still, the offensive contribution won't matter much if the Bears continue to win the turnover battle by huge margins. They suffocate teams with their relentless attack of the ball, and it not only creates fumbles but it also takes away from an opponent's ability to run effectively with the ball.

If Jay Cutler can simply manage the game and avoid his urge to throw caution to the wind and the ball up for grabs, the Bears can win the Super Bowl with scoring on defense, great special-teams play and Forte on the ground.

It's easy to get caught up in a single NFL game and place too much significance on one week, so the Bears won't spend a long time remembering the Titans.

But the Bears have won six straight since the Green Bay debacle with a very simple game plan. They take the ball away and score points on defense, or leave the offense with a field so short that not even they can mess it up.

Sunday was just another example of it. It was an unfair fight from the start, and the Bears showed no mercy. This is the NFL, after all, where you pound your opponents into submission.

And this game was so one-sided that even Cutler smiled.

Seriously, it happened. You can check the tape.

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