Sep 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a catch in front of New York Jets free safety Antonio Allen (39) during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
That is not quite the high powered offence most fans were expecting.
However, when the Bears needed a strong drive, Cutler and Co. delivered. They didn’t score a TD but their drive that started with 9:52 left on the clock in the 4Q went 12 plays, 46 yards, took 6:42 off the clock and got them another 3 points to push their lead to 8.
That is what good offenses in the NFL do.
The defense which was supposed to have issues with the #1 ranked rushing offence (179 ypg coming in) gave up 114. That is a crazy good improvement from the 193 they gave up in week 1 against Buffalo and the 127 they gave up to SF in week 2. The D also continued to take the ball away with 2 more INTs (Fuller, Mundy) and a fumble recovery (Dixon) as well as got pressure on the QB with 3 more sacks (Young, Ferguson, Paea).
They are still giving up 144.6 yards per game on the ground but that is a lot better than the 190.9 ypg they had been giving up in the 12 games before MNF.
Get this; the Bears have only allowed 12 points in the 2nd half this season with no TDs. They have also created 8 takeaways (6 INTs, 2 Fumbles) and scored 1 defensive TD; this little gem from S Ryan Mundy.
The Bears have 2 players who rank at the top of the NFL in statistical categories; Willie Young is tied at #1 with 4 sacks (a career high) and rookie Kyle Fuller leads the league with 3 INTs (Cutler is 2nd with 8 TDs thrown, Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are 2nd in the league with 4 TD rec each, Chris Conte is tied at 2nd with 2 INTs).
What we saw against the Jets was a continuation of the process preached about at Halas Hall. This team is far from a finished product but it was good to see them make plays when they absolutely needed them and do what it took to win on the road and in a tough environment.
Showing this type of resiliency in back to back games on the road bodes well for the rest of the season.
As always after a win…