What we learned Minny/Chicago
Minny is awful, turible(terrible if barkley were saying it). They are looking at a very high pick next year. I have nothing else to say about them; they are bad bad bad, O, D, coaching etc etc.
Bears O, we are and should be a run first team that sets up play action. Matt Mayhem/Uber/Payday/Monster whatever you want to call him Forte, is the real deal and sets up this O. He can run inside, outside, catch the ball, get the tough little yards and break it for a long run. Max protect worked pretty damn good against one of the better Pass D's in the league. It allowed Cutler to be comforatable and like the qb we traded for, and it allowed Hester/Knox to use their one good trait, speed, to get open; oh ya Forte can stay in and block and leave a good chip too. Your boy Roy actually looked like a decent WR; but again Sanz shows he's the best one out there...as sad as that is. But at least everyone else looked like they deserved to be on the field w/him. Cutler didn't get touched but a handfull of times...for the first time in weeks. WTG OL; you opened holes and pas protected in the same game.
a tale of two rb's:
This one played one of the best D's in the league:
17 carries 85 yards, 6 catches 36 yards, 23 touches 121 yards, 5.26 ypt
The other played one of the worst D's in the league:
12 carries 39 yards, 1 catch 0 yards, 1 td, 13 carries 3 ypt.
Which one should be paid higher then the other....you tell me which one is elite?
Bears D, they had something to prove, were embarassed and came out to show they were not one of the worst in the league. Even against a bad team, they showed they could stop the best back in the game. The new safeties still gave up a few big plays, but made the tackles instead of TD's. Got some pressure and some sacks; Paea should have seen the field before tonight. His play is an inditement on the coaching staffs ability to evaluate their own talent.
Coaches, hey no real issues w/bad TO's called. the one early was just a bad play called and Ulracher couldn't get them out of the formation in time. No bad to stupid challenges. Good game plan, executed to perfection. Way to prove you are pro level coaches. Again talent evaluation has to be a question, the OL w/Omi benched looked much better, as well as the DL w/Paea. But it looks like they have finally figured it out.
I'll be happy, but not take to much out of this game; much like Atl, this is a bad team and the play might be a false positive...but it's a damn site better then the positive negative we saw last week.