This was the most important game of the year for the Chicago Bears. They came out and played like it defeating the Minnesota Vikings 28-10 at Soldier Field. This pushes the Bears forward while putting a damper on the Vikings hopes of winning the NFC North. Now the Bears will sit back and hope the New York Giants can take care of the Green Bay Packers tonight.
The Bears took several injuries today. The most severe of these came to Lance Louis who appeared to suffered a knee injury at the hands of that piece of garbage Jared Allen. During an interception return, Allen left his feet and blindsided Louis in the head. It appeared the Louis’ knee buckled on his way down. Matt Forte and Charles Tillman left with ankle injuries, Chris Spencer dinged up his knee and much-maligned Devin Hester suffered a concussion. Without knowing too many details, I’d guess Tillman will be fine, Forte and Spencer may be a bit more dinged up, Hester is up-in-the-air and Louis is done for the year.
One positive note from today’s game was the play of the offensive line. Even with Spencer and Louis going out, the unit gave Jay Cutler time to throw. Gabe Carimi took his demotion well and moved to right guard to replace Louis. From my vantage point, he did a solid job. The Bears are going to be in the market for at least one guard this week, and Chilo Rachal isn’t an option after his issues this week.
The defense did a solid job containing Adrian Peterson today. While Peterson did get over the century mark, he had two fumbles and wasn’t a factor as much as his statistics would suggest. Christian Ponder played like he was Christian Ponder and presented no threat today. Cutler was really good today moving around the pocket and spreading the football around. His favorite target Brandon Marshall made some unbelievable catches in traffic. These two continue to have the chemistry.
There will be much more to follow. But I’ll enjoy this one today. For more fun and games, follow me on Twitter @ChicagoBearJew.