Chicago Bears Beat Vikings: The Morning After


Nov 16, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) celebrates his touchdown against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson (21) with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) in the second half of their game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bears needed a home win.

Marc Trestman remembered that he has giant human beings playing wide receiver for his football team. Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey abused the Vikings secondary, scoring three touchdowns between the two of them. Aside his regularly scheduled INT’s, Cutler played fairly well. Jay threw the ball well on the move, hitting multiple targets, including Marquess Wilson (whose debut was underwhelming, but it’s not fair to expect production after being on I.R. for eight weeks). It looked as if Trestman’s game plan was was to force a mediocre Vikings secondary into playing a great deal of man coverage. This allowed the one on one match ups the Bears receiving corps wanted to exploit. The offensive line is still a bit shaky, and the ripple effects of Matt Slauson’s pectoral injury are still being felt up front. Roberto Garza allowed way too much interior defensive line pressure and struggled with his blocks for most of the afternoon. The offensive line helped set up a huge game from Matt Forte, who is continuously putting up numbers each game, regardless of the outcome.

Mel Tucker’s defense doesn’t seem so terrible when the front seven is generating pressure. Willie Young and Jared Allen made Teddy Bridgewater’s first visit to Soldier Field a terrible one. Also, congratulations to Jared Allen, for getting his first win at Soldier Field against his former team. The linebacking corps played a complete game, and our young linebackers still look somewhat promising. I was very pleased with Demontre Hurst. He’s taking advantage of his opportunities by showcasing his ability to have fluid hips and provide help in run support. Safety play wasn’t good, but it wasn’t bad. Conte and Mundy are serviceable when the front seven is making plays. Ryan Mundy sealed the game for the Bears with a late interception.

At 4-6, the Bears Need to get back up .500 quickly. After watching the first half of the season, I still can not take this team seriously. Beat the Lions on Thanksgiving. Then, we’ll talk.