Rapid Reaction: Bears Outlast Bucs for 24-18 Victory in London


This is going to be a really rapid reaction because we’ve got some family stuff this afternoon.   I’ll post a more in-depth reaction post tonight, so tune back in later tonight.

The Bears looked pretty dominant for about 3 quarters before the Bucs stormed back in the 4th quarter, but their comeback bid came up a bit short as the Bears defense stiffened when it needed.

A few quick notes:

  • Matt Forte – just amazing.  25 rushes for 145 yards rushing and another 38 yards through the air on 2 catches.
  • Best game of the season by Roy Williams.  Even with a drop and a few bobbles, he ended the day with 4 catches for 59 yards and a TD.
  • Bonus points for ex-Cowboys as Marion Barber adds 6 rushes for 39 yards an a TD.
  • Cutler was just OK.  He finished the day 17/32 for 226 with a TD and 2 picks.  It’s good for him the Bucs’ DB’s are worse at catching than his own wide receivers.  They dropped a couple of sure picks.
  • Bears defense was terrific through most of the game until they went to the prevent late, letting the Bucs climb back into it.
  • Bears linebackers had a helluva game.  Both Briggs and Urlacher notched interceptions.
  • Chris Conte might be a player.  He added an interception and had a nice pass defensed on a trick play.
  • Robbie Gould had a rare miss on a 41-yard FG attempt.   Must be the time change.

So much for the whole controversy with the Bears traveling late in the week.  The better team won.  More to follow on a nice Bears win, heading to a Week 8 bye.  Have a safe trip home boys!