With the safety position a mess and the Bears veteran safeties being shown the bench, the team's direction there seemed uncertain.
The defensive line had been inconsistent and pressure was noticeably absent against the Lions.
The receiver position needed someone, anyone, to step up.
And the offensive line was broken, to say the least. Quarterback Jay Cutler looked like a speed bag in the pocket, getting knocked around like a badminton birdie and there didn't seem to be much hope for the success of the Bears offense in this situation.
With the game over, it seems like for the first time in weeks, the Bears got some answers and some good news.
The offensive scheme was adjusted to help the line out. The defensive line showed up and Julius Peppers, bad wheel and all, led the way. Devin Hester made plays in the receiving game and there was even a Roy Williams sighting. And the young safety tandem of Conte and Wright played a good game, helping to limit Adrian Peterson to just 39 yards while preventing the big plays that have plagued the Bears this season.
Notably, the Bears saw an explosion from the youth movement that helped lead the way to victory.
Three rookies, in particular, had serious impact on this game.
How much impact? Let's check out the rookie performances to find out as we grade the rookies for their Week 6 performance.