CHICAGO – Major Wright saw Sam Bradford zeroing in on Danny Amendola and knew where the ball was headed.
It ultimately wound up in the end zone, and that was just fine with the Chicago Bears. They got back to winning thanks to their defense, with Wright coming up with the biggest play.
He returned an interception 45 yards for a score, and Chicago beat the St. Louis Rams 23-6 on Sunday.
The defense came to the rescue against the Rams (1-2), holding them to 160 yards and sacking Bradford six times. That was enough on a day when Jay Cutler struggled, and the Bears (2-1) bounced back after an ugly loss to Green Bay the previous week.
The Bears had just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 13-6 in the fourth quarter before Wright made his key play. Bradford had been hit hard by Israel Idonije and Stephen Paea on the previous play when Tim Jennings deflected a slant intended for Amendola.
Wright caught the ball at the 45 and ran untouched to the end zone, making it a 14-point game and giving the Bears some breathing room.
Sam Bradford was looking his way the whole time, Wright said. As we were watching film, he is not the type of quarterback that is going to look one way and go back the other way. He was honing in on that side and I was like, You know what, let me take a shot over here,’ and I ended up taking a shot over there. ... (Jennings) tipped it up and me being in the right spot at the right time (I) took it in.
It wasn’t exactly the sort of showing the Bears were looking for after that brutal 23-10 loss to the Packers, but they got by because the defense did its part. For the offense, well, that’s two bad outings in a row.
Some games, we are going to need to score 41, coach Lovie Smith said. Other games, we’re not going to need to. We’re going to have to play good, sound football and make the plays when it’s required, and it was that type of day.
One positive for the offense was Cutler appearing to keep his composure. Considering in his previous gamehe was sacked seven times, threw four interceptions and berated and bumped left tackle J’Marcus Webb on the sideline, that was an improvement.
Otherwise, there weren’t many positives for him.
We’re not going to come out every game and blow the doors off offensively and defensively, Cutler said. This is what is going to be more likely week in and week out.
Cutler completed 17 of 31 passes for 183 yards. He was sacked twice and threw an interception to Cortland Finnegan, who also delivered a shot after the game.
Asked what he saw from Cutler, he said, Not much. ... I think he had 190 yards passing, something like that. And no touchdowns. Typical him.
Brandon Marshall wound up with five receptions for 71 yards. Michael Bush ran for 55 yards and a touchdown with Matt Forte sidelined by a sprained right ankle.