No matter how shitty the Bears have been this year, one thing is for certain: Marc Trestman and the boys don’t ever quit. There were many instances in this game where you thought the Bears were finished and things turned around quickly. For a while there, it seemed that myself along with the other Jay Cutler supporters were looking pretty stupid. The fourth quarter arrived and so did Jay Cutler. Don’t get me wrong, it took a lot of luck to win this but the fact of that matter is that it happened.
Offense: I am a Jay Cutler fan. I really am. However, if there ever was a Jay Cutler roller coaster, I don’t want to get on it. It looked like he was hurt again on a couple of hits he took. I have said this before and I will say it again: If Jay Cutler is not healthy, he should not be playing. He was overthrowing receivers and making some other bad throws. In the fourth quarter, he throws a prayer in double coverage only to have Alshon Jeffery catch it out of nowhere. I nearly jumped off my couch. That turned the game right there because earlier, Martellus Bennett fumbled the ball which lead to a recover and touchdown by the Browns. The drive that tied the game in fourth was led by two big penalties on the Browns. I’ll take that. Also, I love Alshon Jeffery.
Matt Forte probably had his best game of the year in this one. He had over 125 yards rushing which included some key first downs. We cannot talk about the receivers and running backs without giving credit to the offensive line. It’s amazing what these guys have done. There were a few key plays in which Jermon Bushrod (by Cracky) and Matt Slauson had some big blocks that led to Forte getting some big gains. The line has certainly been the best and most consistent part of this team all year.
Defense: The player of the game goes to Zack Bowman and I was one to give this guy a lot of shit all year. He isn’t suppose to be playing but he has to. He had two interceptions with the last one going for a touchdown. The defense gave up 17 points which is a blessing compared to the rest of the games this year. Jason Campbell is a terrible quarterback. He had a nice drive or two. I think there was a mirror on the sidelines and to my guess, Jason Campbell went over to this mirror after those drives, looked into it and said, “I’m Jason Campbell”. He then, promptly began to suck again like only Jason Campbell does. I could sit here and bitch about the last drive in which, a shitty quarterback drove his team 80 yards in 1:18 but that’s what the defense of the Bears does regardless.
Special Teams: Devin Hester had a nice return that setup a touchdown if my memory serves correct. Robbie Gould also had a field goal and would have had another one if it wasn’t for a terrible holding call by Corey Wooten.
Next up: The Eagles on Sunday Night Football.