The Bears defense once again steps up in 17-3 win over Carolina

The Bears defense once again steps up in 17-3 win over Carolina
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22: Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears takes oxygen after scoring a touchdown on an interception against the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter at Soldier Field on October 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Five first downs, 156 total yards produced, 17 points scored, three turnovers forced, two defensive touchdowns and three points allowed.

Those are just some of the numbers from the Bears' 17-3 victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Despite converting on only 2-of-11 third downs and possessing the ball for slightly over 21 minutes, the Bears triumphed over the NFC South's first place team.

Only two touchdowns were scored in the game, both coming from Bears' rookie safety Eddie Jackson.

First on the opening drive, Jackson scooped up a Curtis Samuel fumble and went 75 yards down the field for the score. Cam Newton's pitch was not a good one and Samuel had trouble fielding it. Jackson took advantage despite the good field position for the Panthers.

Then, a drive after a 52-yard missed field goal attempt by Connor Barth, Carolina once again went down the field. Prince Amukamara tipped up a Newton pass and who else but Jackson to picked it off cleanly and fly down the field for a 76-yard touchdown.

Jackson became the first player in the NFL history with multiple 75 plus yard defensive touchdowns in the same game. Great find for the Bears by general manager Ryan Pace in the fourth round as Jackson excelled prior to his injury at Alabama.

Six different players had sacks, Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd and Pernell McPhee each had one while Mitch Unrein and Eddie Goldman split one. Trevathan played another beauty of a game with his first interception of the year. He was good on blitzes and in coverage.

Floyd, McPhee and Hicks all stepped up as pass rushers when the Bears needed it most. Christian Jones was solid next to Trevathan and Kyle Fuller was rock solid in the secondary.

The Bears' defense continues to shine and is the reason this team is where it is at with a 3-4 record. The defense has three touchdowns over the last games while the offense has only two.

This marks the second time in the John Fox era that the Bears have won back-to-back games. The last occurrence was in 2015 when the Bears beat the Chargers and Rams on Nov. 9 and Nov. 15.

A strange coincidence was the fact that Mitch Trubisky completed 4-of-7 pass attempts for 107 yards while former wide receiver Deonte Thompson caught four balls for 107 yards in his Bills season debut. The Bears cut him on Oct. 11 despite the need for playmakers at wide receiver.

Tarik Cohen had a 70-yard catch that he nearly took the distance while Zach Miller had a pair of catches including a nice 24-yard catch on third down. Besides that, Tanner Gentry recorded the only other catch on the day for the Bears, an 8-yarder.

Trubisky wasn't tasked to do much. He was sacked as many times as he completed passes. The Bears' offense ran just 37 plays with Jordan Howard and Cohen combining for 68 yards (2.6 average).

Fact: The last time a team won a home game with a quarterback having seven or fewer pass attempts was New England in 1982. Steve Grogan completed 2-of-5 passes for 13 yards and an interception in a 3-0 win over Miami.

Strange sight

This play still confuses me. With time running out in the second quarter and Carolina trying to get set at the line, I really don't understand this. Why would the ref take the ball out of Kelvin Benjamin's hands? Isn't it his responsibility to give the ball back to him?

There is something fishy going on here.

Final thoughts

Take away the two blowout losses to Tampa Bay and Green Bay on the road and the Bears have been a very respectable team this season. They nearly upset Atlanta in Week 1 even with Mike Glennon and they should have beaten Minnesota on Monday night three weeks ago in Mitch Trubisky's NFL debut.

However, one theme has continued and that is the impressive play from the defense. I can't pinpoint one player that has been so-so the past two weeks. They are coming together as a unit.

If offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains can get more out of his offense then this team will have a chance.

The defense made Newton look ordinary to the point of the announcers questioning if he was injured. Perhaps he just had a bad game CBS. Come on now.

The Bears head to New Orleans next Sunday looking to get back to .500. They have matched their win total from last season which doesn't say much. But you have to feel a sense of cohesiveness with this group. It is starting to come together.

I'll leave you with this awesome tweet from guard Kyle Long.

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