- Matt Williamson, ESPN.com
After watching the Week 7 matchups, Scouts Inc. shares its 10 key observations:
1. The Chicago Bears' offense has serious flaws: Because they have no semblance of a running game and thanks to QB Jay Cutler's nature, the Bears probably always will be very streaky on offense. LT Orlando Pace is not what he once was by any stretch of the imagination, and the offensive line in general has not opened holes for RB Matt Forte, who is not running with the same conviction he did last season. But Cutler has a remarkable amount of confidence in his arm and playmaking ability. Although that often works in his favor, you also get days like Sunday, when he simply makes throws he has no business attempting. This is a flawed offense.
2. The Patriots have a defensive cornerstone in Meriweather: Safety Brandon Meriweather had two interceptions Sunday and played a terrific game. He's an up-and-coming player who seems to be improving each week. Meriweather is versatile and can play free or strong safety. He also can line up in the slot and cover opposing wideouts. His anticipation skills have really improved, and he is obviously very physically gifted. Meriweather looks like a defensive cornerstone for the Patriots' defense going forward.
Scouts Inc. examines the Bears' offensive struggles, tight end Owen Daniels' ascent and more.