It appears that the Chicago Bears are trying to own the NFC North without the traditional threat of collapse. On Sunday night they absolutely demolished Pittsburgh 40-23 and in doing so scored three different ways. The defense pulled their now-standard one-two combination punch with a Major Wright pick six and a Julius Pepper scoop-and-score. The offense did their part with two rushing scores to start the game and Cutler’s late score. Robbie Gould was expectedly perfect on the night.
The Bears’ OL is steadily improving. Cutler was only sacked twice for a combined eight yards. This bodes well for hoping he’s stay healthy for the entire season and deep into the playoffs, which would not only please us fans but also position him nicely for a lucrative contract to stay in the Chi-town. Cutler also completed 20 passes and didn’t suffer a single interception. When you’re staked to a 17-0 lead before the end of the first quarter it’s a lot easier to take care of the football.
Chicago clearly looks like the dominant team in the black-and-blue division this year. Traveling to the Steel City was supposed to be one of their toughest road tests of the season. That didn’t appear to be the case as the Bears went through the “Steel Curtain” like a hot knife through butter. Compound that with the NFC North’s under-performance on the day and excitement brews for a couple of home playoff games if the Bears can just take care of business in their division. Green Bay’s defense couldn’t hold a 16-point lead after scoring 30 unanswered points. In Minnesota the Vikings lost even though a poor Cleveland team had four turnovers and traded their best player just three day prior and were starting Brian Hoyer in his first ever game in the NFL. Detroit seems to be faring a little bit better, but all over the NFC yesterday there were surprises that make this Bears writer thrilled to recant his ridiculously negative preseason prognostication.