From start to finish, the Bears played with two elements that helped them succeed. Heart and pride. This was a whole team effort and when one guy failed, the other guys picked him up. Guys that nobody in the nation knows about just absolutely shined Monday Night. If not for both Defensive and Offensive line efforts, you would have expected a blowout. Where has that been this whole season? Matt Forte was effective, Jay Cutler was tremendous, and the receivers and tight ends just played out of their minds tonight. And how about that offensive line, they just aloud two sacks and created some running room for both running backs tonight against one of the best defensive units in the NFL. And believe me when I say this. Folks, when you give Jay Cutler just a little bit of time, you'll see this more often then not. Where was Jared Allen tonight? Or Kevin William? Wow, Chris William just took one giant leap forward when he contained Jared Allen tonight. And oh! how about Devin Aromashodu! From start to finish, he made great acrobatic catches, and how about that last catch, when he absolutely burned Antoine Winfield? Gosh, we knew that Devin Hester was fast, but how about that other Devin? What a great game called by Ron Turner.
How about that defensive line? Three sacks on Farve, really there should have been five sacks on him plus that intentional grounding. Boy did they come out and play tonight? And how good has Hunter Hillenmyer been since filling in for Brian Urlacher this season? He gets no credit at all. Even though this defense blew a 16 point lead, they still shut out the Vikings for the whole first half, and what a performance in overtime! They loss a key member in the defense pass unit in Charles Tillman, but Corey Graham really stepped up when he had to. It's not his fault that Sidney Rice made that catch, and anyone will tell you that it's pretty hard to out leap a 6ft.4 wide receiver when you are only six feet tall. But when overtime came, the Bears defense completely shut down Brett Farve and the Vikings. If not for Hillenmyer's all out hustle in trying to knock the ball out of Adrian Peterson, we would probably moaning around blaming the defense for it's lack of big plays. We would be looking at two potential drop interceptions by Zachary Bowman that Bowman couldn't just reel it in, or how they just blew a sixteen point lead.
And how about the special teams play? Even if Robbie Gould missed an overtime field goal, he still had a great game. And if not for Israel Idonije's extra point block, there would have been no chance for the Bears going to overtime. And even hurt, Brad Maynard did a solid job in punting the ball. And how many times did Daniel Manning set up the Bears offense with his returns. This guy loves contact, and he is so straight forward because he only has one thing on his mind, and that's to get from point A to point B. He absolutely never hesitates and boy he might be better than anyone in this league in the return game. He did get a calf injury at the end, but it's not as serious as Johnny Knox's injury, which was absolutely avoidable. He's already down, why would you not flag the defender who absolutely crushed Johnny? He's much more vulnerable than any quarterback will ever be in and contact or no contact, that should have been a penalty and a fine.
This has to be the best win yet this season. The Bears beat the Vikings in all three phases tonight. Maybe this win doesn't mean much, but that just gives you momentum for next weeks game against the Lions, and quiet possibly next season. With a little changes in the defensive front and secondary, here's hoping that this will be a preview of the 2010 season. And again, where has this been?