There’s no such thing as a bad win or a pretty loss in the NFL. The Chicago Bears proved that today at Soldier Field with a 23-22 come-from-behind victory today against he Carolina Panthers. It didn’t look good early for the Bears, but they found away to get it done and improve to 6-1 and maintain a two-game lead in the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
Jay Cutler had a terrible first three quarters of the game until he stepped up in the fourth quarter. The Bears actually had negative passing yards until the last play of the third quarter when Cutler found Earl Bennett on a 33-yards pass. From that point forward, Cutler found a way to get things done. He found Kellen Davis with around seven minutes left in the game for a key touchdown. In the last drive of the game, Cutler was six-of-seven setting up Robbie Gould‘s game winning 41-yard field goal as time expired.
Cutler took a beating in the first half. He was sacked six times and was never comfortable in the pocket. Considering how bad things looked in the first half, the offense made adjustments and Cutler had more time to throw. Matt Forte had a solid first half but wasn’t as much of a factor in the second half as the Bears were playing from behind. Once again, the Bears failure to establish and maintain a running attack was almost their downfall. If this team hopes to continue its winning ways, they need to establish the run.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was a solid performer today. However, his one bad moment came when he threw an interception for a touchdown to Tim Jennings. Besides that miscue, Newton had a solid game. Steve Smith continues to be a thorn-in-the-side for the Bears with his seven catches for 118 yards. Jennings played him well but Smith made some unbelievable catches.
The Panthers were the better team for 58 minutes today, but the Bears found ways to get things done at key moments. Considering the directions of both teams, Carolina had a solid game. This was their Super Bowl today, and they just weren’t able to get things done. On the other hand, the Bears were just good enough. While this won’t go down as one of their best games, a win is a win.
With another winnable game on the schedule next week against the Tennessee Titans, the Bears could improve to 7-1 before a tough stretch of games.
That’s all for now. You can follow me on Twitter @chicagobearjew.