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The Chicago Bears rattled off 14 unanswered points in the second half to eek out a 24-21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. After giving up 237 yards of total offense in the first half, and managing only 97 yards of their own,the Bears managed to lump together enough offense to come away with the win.
Quick positives to take away from the Bears win over the Bengals:
Cutler was clutch in the second half leading the Bears on two scoring drives of 80 and 75 yards for the go ahead touchdown. He finished with 242 yards passing and two touchdowns completing 11 passes out of 14 attempts for 172 yards in the second half alone. That precision finish by Cutler was the difference in the game and it was made possible by the confidence in the pocket Cutler showed.
The pass protection was tremendous in the second half, and as a result Cutler stood tall on the pocket and delivered the football. If the offensive line protects Cutler like this the rest of the season and Cutler can play like this, something special could be brewing in the windy city.
The Bears beat a team that's been to the playoffs two years in a row, they managed to generate enough offense to win against a very stingy defense. The defense again forced key turnovers, none more important than the final one that had Tim Jennings forcing his second fumble of the game with the Bengals driving to put the game away.
Negatives to take away from the game were plentiful in a game the Bears would have otherwise lost a year ago. The defense was exhausted early and often and could not stop the run up the middle, nor generate a pass rush. The Bengals rolled up a ton of yards between the tackles and with their down the field passing attack.
The Bears severely missed Brian Urlacher today as D.J. Williams was AWFUL and was pulled during nickel situations. The Bengals gave this game away and the Bears had no business coming away with a win. The fumble, a penalty on Rey Mauluga, wasted timeouts, and a complete change in offensive philosophy helped the Bears out immensely.
Overall Cincinnati DOMINATED in the trenches in this game running the ball almost at will up the middle of the Bears defense. Then inexplicably they started running north and south, which played right into the speed of the Bears defense.
On defense the Bengals quit blitzing Cutler and trying to confuse him and tried to let their four man front generate a pass rush. They failed to do so and with surgical precision Cutler marched the Bears down the field. The first half told the entire story of the game, at least it should have. The Bears could not generate many yards in the run game with Matt Forte, and the only yardage they did manage were hand offs out of the shot gun.
This was a classic case of the Bengals blowing a game the Bears had no business winning. Obvious improvement in the passing game cannot be overlooked with overall better pass protection, but there is still enough struggles in picking up the blitz that the Bears will have a lot to prove over the next 15 games.
A win is a win and the Bears should be proud of their effort and the play-calling and Cutler playing at an elite level in the second half. Just don't crown the Bears division champions just yet in what is an extremely tough NFC Conference this year.
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