As the season wears on, Bears opponents continue to collect intel on how they need to stop them. With the Bears banged up at wide receiver and with the clock-control offense that head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase have installed, opponents know they have to stop running back Matt Forte.
Forte had a less-than-stellar game running the football, tallying just 71 yards on 18 carries. But it was the dedication to the run game and the use of Forte as a receiver that led to No. 22 having a big game.
You have to be impressed with how the offense performed in such adverse conditions. Sure, they only put up 18 points, but they netted 328 total yards and turned the ball over only once while playing on the road in a hostile environment. They still committed six penalties, and that’ll have to improve.
But when you’re a team in the middle of a rebuilding mode, you’re not concerned with style points. To go into enemy territory and beat a team with more talent than you, and to do it in dramatic fashion with the pressure of a two-minute drive heaped upon you, that shows great resolve and strength of character.