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Bears still have much to prove, plus 10 observations

BrandMarshall looked good yesterday but Bears still have lot prove offense. Click through gallery for 10 observations.

Brandon Marshall looked good yesterday, but the Bears still have a lot to prove on offense. Click through the gallery for 10 observations.

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Updated: September 10, 2012 5:13PM

So, what if it was only the Indianapolis Colts, coming off a 2-14 season, with a rookie quarterback, a new coaching staff and a revamped defense in transition that was missing perrennial Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney for most of the game.

In beating the Colts 41-21 on Sunday at Soldier Field, the Bears looked like a different team from the one that whipped the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener last season. They did things against the Colts they haven’t done against anybody in recent years.

Their offense scored 41 points — tied for the most points scored by a Bears offense since 1989.

They had 314 passing yards and 114 rushing yards — the first time they’ve had 300 or more passing yards and 100 or more rushing yards in the same game in the Lovie Smith era.

They scored four touchdowns in the red zone — something they did not do at all last season.

Brandon Marshall made at least three catches not normally associated with a Chicago Bears wide receiver — plays he can make just as well against Charles Woodson as Jerraud Powers or Vontae Davis.

Michael Bush (two one-yard runs) and Matt Forte (6-yard run) combined for three rushing touchdowns from six yards or closer Sunday. Last year the Bears had four rushing touchdowns from six yards in for the entire season.

Cornerback Tim Jennings had two intereceptions, including a leaping grab on a deep ball by Andrew Luck. Jennings had three interceptions in his first 34 games with the Bears.

On the other hand ...

Aaron Rodgers is better than Andrew Luck. Greg Jennings is better than Donnie Avery. Clay Matthews more than likely will play more than the first quarter Thursday night against the Bears.

So after an impressive-looking victory over the Colts on Sunday, the Bears are looking good but have a lot to prove. A year ago they opened with an even more impressive victory over a playoff-caliber team in the Falcons, then crapped out on the road against the Saints. Coming off a 20-point win over the Colts, we’ll know they’re for real when they play even better against a much better team. CLICK HERE for 10 more observations on the Bears’ victory over the Colts:

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