Bears Beat Browns

The Chicago Bears managed to survive the cold and swirling snow to keep their playoff chances alive in the NFC. Chicago Defeated Cleveland 38-31 behind Jay Cutler’s three touchdown passes and a big running game. For most of the week the talk was that Jay Cutler was going to be rusty at the helm of the Trestman offense, and for the first quarter that seemed to be so. Cutler threw a pair of interceptions. One ball went too high for Marshall in the end zone that was tipped and intercepted. Cutler’s next interception cost Chicago more points as he overthrew another receiver to see Tashuan Gipson return it 44 yards for a touchdown. This series of events started to bring the cameras to Josh McCown who was the reigning NFC player of the week.

After the pick-6, Cutler didn’t turn the ball over again and seemed to work out his mechanics that was causing him to overthrow his receivers. Cutler had a very good day as he threw to four different receivers multiple times, three of whom scored touchdowns. Matt Forte helped out as he had 127 yards rushing on the day while averaging over five yards a carry. The defense of the Bears chipped in with a defensive touchdown of their own when Zach Bowman returned an interception for a score. Although the score read 38-31, the defense played very well. Cleveland had two defensive touchdowns on the game and scored a garbage time touchdown pass to Josh Gordon.

All of the talk this week had to do with the quarterbacking situation, and not much about the fact that Chicago entered the game as a 2.5 point underdog in the game. Jay Cutler returned to form with the starting job. Trestman showed what his offense could do despite who was taking the snaps. The Bears scored 45 points last week and followed it up with a 38-point performance today. Chicago now stands at 8-6 on the year with a very tough game coming up against Philadelphia – who lost in Minneapolis. The Eagles will be looking to rebound and secure their hold on the NFC East. If Chicago wants to make it three in a row they’ll need another big performance from Cutler without the opening rust.

The Bears and their fans will be looking forward to watching this team over the next two weeks to see if they can somehow save their season and get themselves into the playoffs while winning the division in the most improbable fashion imaginable. That goal is still a very long way away.