Despite facing the 0-2 (now 0-3) Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Bears were facing their toughest test of the season, and they passed, but there is still room for improvement. The Bears improved to 3-0 and earned their first road win of the season. The Bears blew a 24-3 lead, but came alive in the fourth quarter to put the Steelers away with a final score of 40-23.
Jay Cutler and the Bears offense had a great game, but it was the defense that was the story of this game. When the offense went stagnant it was the defense that sparked the Bears and even put some points on the board. The Bears forced five turnovers and they were able to score 23 points off of those turnovers.
Bears safety Major Wright intercepted a pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and returned it for a touchdown in the second quarter, but the Bears’ defense was not done. Later in the fourth quarter defensive end Julius Peppers recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Then with the game already decided Roethlisberger threw another interception right to Bears’ safety Chris Conte in the fourth quarter.
This year, everyone has been talking about the Bears’ offense and how great it has been. The praise is definitely warranted. However, it has been the Bears’ defense that has been dominating this season. Despite losing Lovie Smith, the Bears’ defense looks very similar to how it has looked for the past couple seasons. With a revamped offense and the same old reliable defense, the Bears are starting to look like serious contenders.
Next week, the Bears will square off against their divisional rivals the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. With the way the Bears have been playing, I could see them improving to 4-0 and take a dominating lead in the NFC north. The Bears have been playing great football so far this season and a trip to the playoffs looks like a big possibility this season.