This performance was the kind the Bears needed to get back on track. While many will say "well this was against the Panthers" no win is guaranteed in the NFL. The Bears were without Jay Cutler but they still managed to control the game and dominated from start to finish.
Todd Collins didn't exactly manage the game as he threw 4 interceptions and was ultimately replace in favor of Caleb Hanie. Let's not focus our attention on our backup quarterback play as Cutler will be back next week.
We should pay attention to the emergence of the running game. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor combined for 218 rushing yards. Forte finished 166 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Mike Martz has been criticized for not calling enough running plays and essentially allowing Jay Cutler to take 5 and 7 step drops only to get pummeled. Against the panthers, Martz was essentially forced to concentrate on the running game.
JaMarcus Williams and Edwin Williams started in place of the injured Chris Williams and Lance Louis. The pass protection was still a little shaky but the offensive line did get enough push to allow the Forte and Taylor eat up a chunk of yards on the ground.
Ex-Panther, Julius Peppers also had a big game as he had one pass defended in which he intercepted and register 4 tackles. He was often criticized in Carolina for not playing every down, but dominates the game in so many ways where offensive coordinators have to game plan around him.
Israel Idonije had a huge game as he registered 3 sacks. Izzy has performed well in every role and I'm happy that he is finally getting a full time shot at the other defensive end positions. Idonije now has 4 sacks to lead the team.