After starting the season with three losses in a row, the Chicago Bears have bounced back to win two of their previous three games.
Leading up to the previous three games, the Chicago Bears had gotten off to a rocky start. On Sept. 13, the first week of the regular season, it was a tough 31-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers, despite a strong performance by Matt Forte who rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Sept. 20 was a home loss to the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 48-23. In addition, Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler injured his hamstring late in the second quarter and was sidelined for the next game against the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks. That game was another loss, this time by the score of 26-0.
However, Cutler made a comeback in the Oct. 4 game against the Raiders, throwing for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Robbie Gould hit two field goals in the fourth quarter, one from 54 yards and another from 49, which sealed the 22-20 victory. The next week’s game against the 1-3 Chiefs was another nail biter.
Down 17-6 going into the fourth quarter, the offense got rolling. Marquess Wilson caught a 22-yard touchdown from Cutler to cut the lead to five points with 3:22 left in the game. After the defense forced a punt, the Bears started their drive 67 yards from the end zone with 2:04 on the clock. Following passes for 20 and 10 yards each, a pass interference penalty, and another pass for 6 yards, the Bears were only 7 yards from scoring.
After fumbling the snap, Cutler recovered the ball, avoided a tackle, and threw the ball to Forte for the game-winning touchdown with 18 seconds to play.
Unfortunately, the Bears lost to the Detroit Lions, 37-34 in overtime. The entire team performed strongly, but the Lion’s quarterback Matthew Stafford led his team to victory after throwing for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Although they have pulled out some great wins the last few weeks, the Bears still have some struggles. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey sat out against the Chiefs due to an injured hamstring, but his status is looking good.
“I feel a lot better than last week,” he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. In addition, inside linebacker Shea McClellin is expected to sit out for the next game with a knee injury he sustained in the third quarter against the Chiefs.
After a week off, the Bears will face their division rivals the Minneso- ta Vikings at home on Nov. 1.