A response was demanded.
A big response.
And they provided it in a tough and vicious game that required it.
After the usual clunky start, the offense started pounding the
For the game, Cutler completed 23 of 31 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown and interception. He was decisive and accurate, especially when extending plays, finding
Thing is, Cutler also found seven other targets, including both tight ends just when it looked like the Bears had forfeited that position.
Cutler was so full service that he was seen tying left tackle J'Marcus Webb's shoe after a play in the fourth quarter.
But here's the deal: The most resounding response came from the maligned offensive line.
That unit needed to come up with the biggest answers, and that unit did just that despite two new members to start and two more by the end. See the Bears' 80-yard drive in the second quarter for details.
The defense needed a response, as well, and did it ever provide one. After getting thumped by a physical and aggressive
The defense forced
Only five of the Vikings' 12 drives lasted more than four plays. Twice the Bears stopped the Vikings on fourth-and-short to take away the ball in a different way.
The Bears needed to deliver a tough response not only because the
The Bears had to bring it. The Bears had to survive it. They did and they did.