Well the Bears managed to get away with a close win in Detroit this Sunday and maintain their five game winning streak.
Chicago didn’t play their best game of the season but instead of poor play on one side of the ball dragging down the other side—usually the offense takes down the defense but in this game it was the other way around for a period of time—they ended up picking one another up and winning this game.
There were a lot of things that we can take away from this game on Sunday.
Let’s look at ten key things that we learned about the Bears during their game against the Lions.
There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the Bears made a mistake by signing Chester Taylor this offseason.
Those questions have been answered in the Bear’s victory over the Lions.
Taylor helped relieve his partner, Matt Forte and ran hard every chance he got—He even scored a touchdown and showed the coaching staff what they have in him.
Chicago didn’t get a lot of pressure from their front four to start the game so they started adding additional players to get some pass pressure on Lion’s quarterback Drew Stanton, forcing him to make mistakes.
They did get some good pressure when they did blitz and cornerback D.J. Moore had a nice sack.
The problem is, when they blitz the linebackers and cornerbacks that takes out tacklers in behind the defensive line which causes problems like we saw on Sunday.
Can they really afford to blitz?
Jay Cutler was sacked frequently on Sunday.
Some were the result of his offensive line’s inability to protect him.
However, more than a couple were due to his inability to get rid of the ball in a timely manner.
Cutler has been making good decisions during Chicago’s five game winning streak but he had a little breakdown in his decision making on Sunday.
Hopefully this was temporary.
This one is a no-brainer.
Cutler and Bennett had a very good relationship in college and that has carried over to the NFL where the two are connecting again on a regular basis.
Cutler must feel very comfortable with Bennett and Bennett seems to be in the right place at the right time.
This combination can help carry the offense to the playoffs.
You saw the reaction that Hester had on Sunday when he failed to break get a touchdown on the long return he had in the second half of the game.
You know he wants that record bad.
Hester’s return ability is going to become an important part of things as the Bears attempt to win their final four games and get into the playoffs so look for a lot of hard running by Devin as he attempts to break the return record.
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t agree with the above statement?
Moore has been productive in several games this season with timely interceptions and pressure on the quarterback.
His sack of Stanton came at a great time for the Bears on Sunday.
Teams won’t be overlooking this guy in any of the games remaining this season and we will continue to see him making plays on defense.
If General Manager Jerry Angelo doesn’t do something to improve this offensive line during the offseason—either through the draft or through free agency—then there will be a lot of problems for the Bears next season.
Angelo has to draft some help there and make sure that he does well with his picks since he is noted for making poor draft decisions when it comes to offensive linemen.
Despite the fact the Bears didn’t get a lot of sacks or consistent pressure on Stanton, Sunday, defensive end Julius Peppers still managed to play well.
He was a big part of what the Bears were able to do on defense in the second half and continues to be the most important member of the Bear’s defensive line.
It’s true—the Bears are using a good balance of both running and passing the ball on offense and its working wonders for their ability to win games.
The Bears have been a running team for a better part of their long and storied history but now, with a quarterback like Cutler at the helm along with some good wide receivers, they are able to pass the ball effectively as well.
With their mix on offense, they will continue to play well and win.
With a career long 54-yard field goal in this game, it appears as if kicker Robbie Gould has come out of the mini-slump he had earlier in the season.
His kicking ability is going to be important as the weather gets colder and the games get tighter so hopefully he can continue to be reliable.