The Chicago Bears got back on track Sunday with a 28 – 10 win over the Vikings. After losing two weeks in a row, all units of the Bears showed solid coordination and smooth execution. Cutler’s return clearly had a positive impact. The offensive line only gave up one sack and was well synchronized on the big plays.
Cutler connected with Marshall early, but both Bush and Bennett contributed to keeping the drive alive and getting the Chicago Bears into the endzone. Jay showed improvement on third down conversions and played up his athleticism, arm strength and accuracy. He threw for one interception.
Unfortunately, Hester (concussion) and Forte (ankle) left the game early for injuries, and are questionable for next week.
The Chicago Bears defense stayed true to tradition and barricaded the Vikings’ endzone. Tillman continues to insert himself, strip the ball and create game-changing circumstances. Jennings has reaped the benefit of good timing as he keeps picking off sloppy passes. Peppers, Idonije and Briggs deliver a triple-threat as they bulldoze their way into the pocket. Outside of a couple of unusual instances in the last couple of weeks, this defense is rock solid with the numbers to back it up.
Just a quick review of the numbers today and it’s not a surprise the Bears captured the win. They completed 296 yards (5.9 yards/pass) with 3 out of 4 completions in the red zone, limited Vikings scoring opportunities and controlled the ball.
The Bears produced dismal results without Cutler in the past two games. His absence is proof that the offense still has no depth, an issue that made itself known last year after Cutler broke his thumb. Without a reliable backup, offensive protection needs to be a top priory.
The Chicago Bears have endured their fair share of negative criticism this season. It’s the same story since Cutler came to Chicago — the offensive line is weak, lacks depth and coordination. The Safety position was a revolving door.
The Bears are making progress. Cutler is more consistent, as is his coverage and passing targets. The defense is healthy and delivering impenetrable coverage. Special teams perform among the best in the league. When it all works together, the Chicago Bears deliver a world-class performance.
The schedule will continue to grow more challenging until post-season. They have to stay focused to stay on top of the division. The Bears have the skills and the momentum to play explosive games between now and the end of the season. The outcome will largely weigh on their ability to perform consistently.