Tarik Cohen shines in debut

Zach Miller made the Bears' final catch Sunday at Soldier Field. They're now tied 10-10. Beasley and linebacker Deion Jones are back to anchor Atlanta's defense, which hopes to redeem itself for the second-half collapse against New England in the Super Bowl.

Matt Ryan has a ton of targets to work with on offense, between Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones and countless others, which made it that much more shocking when it was Hooper taking control on offense and dominating the Bears along the way.

In fact, the Bears' defense was very good against the Falcons, holding them to 23 points and 64 rushing yards (2.8 yards a carry) after Atlanta averaged 33.8 points a game previous year and 120.5 rushing yards (4.58 a carry).

The most encouraging thing about the Falcons on offense had to be Matt Ryan who hasn't slowed down a bit from his MVP run. Tops in the National Football League in scoring last season, they struggled to get points in their first game under new coordinator Steve Sarkisian. That came after catches for 18 and 17 yards in the game. Glennon finished 26-of-40 for 213 yards, one touchdown and a 86.8 QB rating.

Justin Tucker kicked Baltimore into a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before Joe Flacco found Jeremy Maclin for a 48-yard touchdown, with Terrance West running in to extend their advantage to 17-0 at half-time. He showed signs that he will add power and spice to the Atlanta pass rush. Glennon is 7-for-11 for 41 yards, and has been sacked three times for a loss of 28 yards.

He recorded two receptions for 6 yards Sunday against the Falcons. With Howard being one of the league's leading rushers a year ago, and Cohen's playmaking ability, the two have the potential to be one of the best one-two backfield combos in the NFL.

Glennon may have summed up the day best when he said, "Something we always talk about is that it's a new year. We'll see on film what we could do better next time". That's what we expected. "It's a done deal, and we've got to look forward to Tampa". "That's what this week will be". However, rookie Tarik Cohen scorched Atlanta's defense, going for 114 total yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. "To knock off the NFC champs and damn-near world champions, it would have been a great start to our season".

It started with a run to the left where he saw a wall of defenders, reversed field, beat Brooks Reed and accelerated down field for 46 yards. Fellow Bears receiver Cameron Meredith-who is himself out for the year with an ACL tear suffered in the preseason-posted on Twitter a message of support for his teammate. Taken seventh overall in Pace's first draft, White has played in just five games including Sunday with three separate season-ending injuries.

The Bears signed Wheaton to a two-year contract this offseason, but the 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver underwent surgery in mid-August to fix a broken finger. Glennon was throwing the ball to Cohen and Jordan Howard and Kendall Wright and Deonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy. Chicago had only one catch longer than 19 yards - a 22-yard completion to tight end Dion Sims.

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