Good teams beat the teams they are supposed to, even when they are not deserving.
It was one of those games in which the Bears should not have won. They came out victorious despite committing a false start on Detroit’s 1-yard line on 1st and goal, despite providing little to no pass rush during key stretches (once again), despite giving up 23 points to a lackluster Lions offense (all in the 2nd quarter), and to add on top of the obvious list of blunders, their starting QB went out with an apparent ankle injury.
The difference this time – they overcame the mistakes and redeemed themselves quickly in a win they needed to stay ahead of Green Bay in the NFC North. Crowd-pleaser Rex Grossman came on in relief of Kyle Orton to lead the troops to two touchdown scoring drives in the 2nd half to keep the Lions winless, thus helping the Bears improve to 5-3.
In a contest which had Bears fans everywhere nervous and utterly shocked throughout, the division battle was just what the Windy City Soldiers needed on a cool Sunday afternoon at Soldier, where it seemed like the team looked to lose all the momentum they had carried over from the Bye week.
Where they looking ahead or where they crushed because their leader and starting quarterback went down? Nonetheless, they certainly will move on and take the ugly win and look over the film in extreme preparation for next Sunday’s showdown against the unbeaten Tennesee Titans.
It sure looked like Detroit was the team with a record above .500 playing for sole possession of 1st place in the North. It sure looked like they were the team which was favored by 12.5 points. It sure looked like they were the team getting ready for the Titans. It also sure looked like they were the team with higher aspirations, hopes to play in January and advance beyond the regular season into the post season. That was for the 2nd quarter that is, definitely not in the 2nd half nor in crunch time.
Matt Forte ran for a career-best 126 yards on 22 carries (5.7 ypc), going over the centruy mark for the second time in his career, as he made sure his team did not have to rely on Rex and the passing game all that much. Devin Hester fumbled a kickoff return which let to a Detroit score. Mike Brown left with a calf injury. A healthy Tommie Harris gave the defensive line a much sought after lift, displaying good penetration, resulting in two sacks.
You can expect next week’s outcome against Tennessee to be decided by the team which displays the better and more efficient aerial attack. Both teams have stellar run stopping defenses, so look for each passing department to play a vital factor. Whichever defense stays out the field longer will lose this physical and grueling match-up – 3rd down coversions will be the main key.