Bears vs. Panthers Recap
The Bears defense showed up on Sunday more fired up than i've ever seen them and they led the way to a 13-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. That makes 6 wins in a row and ends all the talk about how the Bears haven't beaten any good football teams. It's obvious all of the Bears knew this game was their ticket to respect around the league and they showed up big time.
Kyle Orton had a very impressive day. He looked ultra-calm in the pocket and was finding different receivers all day long. Unfortunately, his wide outs were dropping a lot of passes on him. I counted at least 5 dropped passes that should have been caught, including one by Moose that would have been a TD. Justin Gage played very well catching everything thrown his way and managing to get himself open most of the day. T. Jones ran the ball 25 times for 87 yards against a very good defense. But perhaps the best performance of the game was turned in by the offensive line. They held a very talented DL in check all day and gave Orton time to throw and Jones room to run.
Absolutely and A+ performance by the entire defense. The only offense Carolina could muster was a few passes over the middle to Steve Smith. They could not run the ball and they could not get a big play TD pass. The DL was smothering registering 8 sacks of Jake Delhomme! The LB's were all over any running play and covered all the short routes like a blanket. The secondary did a very good job with Nate Vasher stepping up for 2 INT's that set up 10 points for the Bears. Credit the entire D with a great game, but the DL in particular played very well. Brown, Ogunleye, Harris, Johnson and even Haynes were all over the backfield and disrupting just about every play.
Overall, it was the best game the Bears have played in many seasons. They made a very good team look like absolute crap. Although the Offense only put up 13 points, it was clear to me that they could have put up more if needed. If the Bears can muster this kind of performance in the playoffs, they should make some noise in the post season. They are not a superbowl ready team yet, but after Sunday's performance it's clear that they are not far off. Go Bears!