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The Bears Den: September 23, 2014 - Chicago Bears vs New York Jets week 4 news & notes

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Signs good for unheralded Bears - Michael Wilbon: At 2-1 after beating the Jets on the road, Chicago is winning now ... and could well get good later.

Gutsy Bears hang on for win, jump atop North - Barry Rozner: Not long ago the sky was falling; now the Bears can make a case for having the best team in the division at the moment.

Bears doing just enough to win - Is-Hub Arkush: This team has shown remarkable character and a great understanding of the next man up mantra in today’s NFL. They don’t quit, they don’t make excuses and they don’t back down.

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Chicago Bears 27, New York Jets 19

Game report - The Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy Jets. Then they had to hold their breath before hanging on for a 27-19 victory Monday night. [Video highlights] Game Blog - Situational updates from the field as they unfolded during the Bears' 27-19 victory over the Jets on Monday Night Football. Larry Mayer's pregame Q&As.

Game breakdown - The Tribune's drive charts, key performances, and more stats & info.

Quick start, strong finish lift Bears - Larry Mayer: The Bears converted two early takeaways into a 14-0 lead en route to an impressive 27-19 win over the Jets Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

Game report - Bob LeGere: The Jets were in a giving mood early on in Monday night's game, and the Bears were happy to accept.

Game report - James Neveau: The Bears didn't make it easy, but they escaped the Meadowlands on Monday night with a 27-19 victory over the Jets.

Bears hold on for 27-19 win, improve to 2-1 - Patrick Finley: It took a pick-6, another INT corralled in the end zone, and a recovery of a fumbled punt to mask the Bears’ worst offensive game of the season.

Bears seize chances, steal another road win - Dan Wiederer: The Bears are fully aware that grinding, claw-it-out wins like these are necessary in every playoff push.

Game review - Michael C. Wright with a few thoughts on the Bears' 27-19 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Locker room buzz.

Stats might not show it, but Bears were good enough to win - Rick Telander: You give up 414 yards and gain only 257, and you can be excused for thinking you deserve to lose. The Bears yielded that many and gained that little, but they weren’t dumb in the clutch.

'Scrappy' Bears like what kind of team they’re becoming - Moon Mullin: "This is a team that is there for each other," said Willie Young. "We are going to find a way, because we have confidence that we will find a way to get over adversity."

Bears game plan: Don't be as awful as the Jets - Steve Rosenbloom: The Jets game plan looked as stupid as the 49ers’ strategy the week before. Why would opponents with strong running games decide they shouldn’t run against the Bears?

[Video] ESPN - Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico break down the Bears' 27-19 win over the Jets. How did the Bears survive injuries on defense?

[Video] Postgame Live - Moon Mullin and Jen Lada break down Bears win.


Bears make Jets see red inside-the-20 - Larry Mayer: The Bears left MetLife Stadium with a stirring 27-19 victory thanks in large part to their stingy red-zone defense.

Bears Defense bends but doesn’t break - Dan Durkin: Five times the Jets made it inside the Bears’ 20-yard line five times, but only once were they able to break the goal line.

Surprising twist: Bears can thank their defense - David Haugh: The Bears put themselves back in the NFC North conversation with a defense doing little things that made a big difference.

Bears making their own Lovie-like luck - Rick Morrissey: The Bears are following the same script of forcing turnovers and making their own luck that often occurred under Lovie Smith.

Fuller, Mundy INTs give Bears’ defense a lift vs Jets - Mark Potash: Ryan Mundy’s TD was a huge boost for a Bears defense trying to prove it’s better than people think.

Draft picks help Defense hold off Jets - Adam Hoge: Frankly, this defense shouldn’t be performing as well as it is with this many injuries. Three games is a small sample size, but maybe it’s time to give Phil Emery some credit for his defensive draft picks.

Young Bears defenders key crazy win - Dan Bernstein: Seeing new resources forced into action and succeeding to some extent is purely positive, even if it comes against an opponent deserving fair question.

Rookies lead smash-mouth party over run-leader Jets - Moon Mullin: The young Bears felt they needed to make a physical statement against the smash-mouth, ground-and-pound running team. In the end, it was the Bears who did the smash-mouthing and the Jets who backed down.

Bostic around the ball often in debut at Sam - Not-Hub Fishbain: With a team-high 13 tackles, like the rest of the Bears’ run defense Jon Bostic seemed more comfortable against the misdirection in the backfield, as the Jets’ two RBs combined for only 78 yards.

[Video] ESPN - Lance Briggs discusses how the Bears stopped the Jets in their final drive.

[Video] ESPN - Kyle Fuller comments on his performance in his team's 27-19 win over the Jets.

Multiple assists on Fuller's pick - Michael C. Wright: Kyle Fuller credits Tim Jennings for taking away Geno Smith's first read on TD-saving INT.


Marc Trestman wins coaches’ chess match with Rex Ryan - Adam L. Jahns: The Jets, with their bevy of looks and blitzes, were a particularly good gauge for Jay Cutler and Trestman.

Cutler to Jeffery a clutch play in Bears' win - Not-Hub Fishbain: Jay Cutler knew the Jets were coming, but he had to have faith in his arm, O-line and high-flying receiver.

Cutler efficient enough to get job done - Mike Imrem: Jay Cutler wasn't spectacular against the Jets but just being composed and efficient -- meaning zero interceptions -- was enough to lead the Bears to victory.

[Video] Postgame Live - Breaking down Jay Cutler's performance ... [Video] Jim Miller: 15 on 6.

Bears running game still looking for room - Brad Biggs: If Cutler wasn't scrambling or Jeffery wasn't carrying on an end-around, the ground game wasn't going anywhere. Can the Bears grind out a win when they need to?

Bennett becoming go-to guy for Bears - Rich Campbell: Look at the Bears' season stat sheet, and it's Martellus Bennett — not Marshall, Jeffery or Forte — at the top with 20 receptions. His 161 receiving yards are second to Jeffery's 223.

Bennett: Rex Ryan quip put me in zone - Jeff Dickerson: Martellus Bennett said he felt disrespected by Rex Ryan leading up to Chicago's 27-19 Monday night victory at MetLife Stadium.

More from the game

[Video] Postgame Live - Opening thoughts on win over Jets ... [Video] Looking ahead to Bears-Packers.

Game notes - Larry Mayer: Mundy fuels quick start with pick-six; rookie Ahmad Dixon making impact on special teams; Jon Bostic rues dropped interception; more from the game.

Game notes - Bob LeGere: Lights not too bright for Sutton, Ferguson; Fuller impressing, but it's still early; inactives and injury news.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain: Opportunistic defense helps Bears to win; injury and roster news.

Game notes - Patrick Finley: Will Sutton gets off to bad start, recovers by helping Ego Ferguson get sack; Marshall re-injures ankle; Ahmad Dixon sparkles on special teams; more from the game.

Game notes - Rich Campbell: Good timing for Mundy's big moment; lucky break from officials on Cutler sack-fumble; Santonio Holmes booed on return to MetLife; injury and personnel notes.

Game notes - Not-Hub Fishbain's key players, things that worked / didn't work, and key moments of the game.

Stats & Info - ESPN Stats & Info with nuggets from the game.

10 thoughts - Brad Biggs with ten eighteen thoughts after Bears' win over Jets.  You can't say he doesn't give you value.

Game notes - Doug Farrar: Jay Cutler beat the Jets' blitz just enough to win; Kyle Fuller has the Defensive Rookie of the Year award locked up.

Game notes - Dan Hanzus: 10 things you need to know from the Jets' loss to the Bears.

Game notes - John Breech's 10 things to know from Chicago's 27-19 win over New York: The saddest dog ever is a Jets fan..

Bears quotes - Bears players took to Twitter to express their thoughts about the game.

[Video] - Some of the top plays from the Bears' 27-19 win over the Jets on Monday Night Football.  Photos from ... Daily Herald

Game grades

[Video] ESPN - Michael C. Wright's game ball goes to Ryan Mundy, whose interception return put Chicago on the board juts 32 seconds into the game.

[Video] Postgame Live - The panel pick their Monsters of the Game.

Game grades - Jeff Dickerson: The improvement in the run defense since Week 1 is nothing short of remarkable, and kick coverage units were fantastic the entire night.

Game grades - James Neveau grades the offense, defense and special teams.

Moon Mullin's game grades - QB - RBWR/TE - O-line - D-line - LB - DB - STs.