In the long run what’s the difference between a team winning in a blowout fashion or just barely escaping by the skin of their teeth? Absolutely nothing. A win is a win. In with that in mind, the Chicago Bears find themselves on Monday 2-0 and in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Now their Week 2 match-up with the Minnesota Vikings wasn’t the prettiest games of football played Sunday afternoon, what with the Bears’ offense turning the ball over four times. That ugliness was compounded with the inability to finish drives off. Another problem for the Bears’ offense that’s been a problem for this unit the last couple of years was third down conversions.
For the day, the Bears where seven-for-12 on third down (many of those conversions coming in the second half, namely the 4th quarter), which aided in keeping the Vikings in the game. This was one of those issues that’s been the Bears’ Achilles heel on offense for the last few seasons, and through most of the game it appeared that Marc Trestman had not worked out that problem with this offensive unit.
At the end of the game, however, it didn’t matter what the Bears’ third down conversion rate looked like. The Bears’ offense didn’t play a complete game, but they did play almost flawlessly when it mattered most. Regardless of the turnovers, three of which belonged to Jay Cutler, the Bears found a way to win.
For all the bad that was the Bears’ offense at times, there were also many positives to take away from the game plan. For example, Matt Forte was implemented more in the run game as well as the passing attack. The offensive line held up for the most part against the Vikings’ pass rushing specialist Jared Allen.
The fact that the Bears were able to overcome themselves and pull out a victory shows that, at least two weeks into the season, that these Monsters of the Midway actually have some offensive bite.