GLENDALE, Ariz. — They're alive.
Only because they faced an offense far more disjointed than their own were the
The 28-13 victory improved the Bears to 9-6 and kept them in the
The Packers will be motivated against the Vikings with a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the NFC on the line.
"I've always been a big Packers fan," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "It's not hard at all for me. We have a tough division, but as we said this week, we can't do much about that. All we can do is get a win against Detroit."
Those plotting an end to the Smith era have to hold on now. Most consider it unlikely the Bears will have a housecleaning project under general manager
But the Bears are not going to go anywhere in the postseason if the offense doesn't find a level of consistency. Running back
"With running lanes like that, you can make moves in the open field and get extra yards," Forte said. "It is unfortunate I had to leave the game, but I felt like we were really starting to roll in the running game."
Quarterback Jay Cutler missed on 10 of his first 11 passes, yet the Bears took a 14-3 lead while he was misfiring. Cutler put together a nice drive at the end of the second quarter, firing an 11-yard touchdown pass to
"It wasn't pretty," Cutler said. "I thought the offensive line did a great job. I missed a lot of throws."
So, the Bears, thanks in part to the
"We feel like we have new life," said cornerback
The last time the Bears won in Arizona during the regular season, then-Cardinals coach Denny Green said to "crown their ass!" No one is going to crown these Bears, but they can't be written off either.
"We need some help," Marshall said. "But the only thing we can control is going out there and playing against the Lions."