The Bears left for London on Thursday night because they didn't want to take away from the team's weekly routine. Many thought the players would be jet-lagged and too tired to give the game their best effort. For the Bears, it was business as usual and got off the plane running. For the 4th Phase, it was another example of why Matt Forte is an elite back and why he should be extended.
The offense played the hot hand and gave Forte the ball. His 32 yard touchdown run set the tone of the game. He finished with 145 yards on 25 carries. Forte now has 1,089 yards from scrimmage, tops in the NFL and the first time a player reached this milestone in seven games since 2004. Roy Williams was targeted five times and finished with 4 receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown. Getting contributions from Williams and earning Cutler's trust will be important down the stretch.
Forcing turnovers is a staple to the Cover 2 but but the unit hasn't been been successful in doing so this season. Against the Bucs, the unit forced four Josh Freeman interceptions. The Rush Men only hit Freeman four times and sacked him only once but they were stout against the run, giving up only 30 yards. With :34 left in the game, D.J. Moore sealed the victory with a pick of his own and second of the season.
Going into the game, Robbie Gould had the opportunity to become the most accurate field goal kicker in NFL history but missed a chip shot. Gould started the season 13-13 in field goal attempts.
The #PayForte sentiment is growing strong every week:
alicraw #PayForte #PayTheMan @MattForte22 You know WE LOVE YOU! #4thPhase
nwilliams219 Too close for comfort there at the end. Sitting pretty going into a bye week. #4thphase
DrewMMitchell If Martz would've just run the ball, this one would've been over in the 3rd. Terrible play calling. #FireMartz #DaBears #BearDown #4thPhase
Workhard44ss WHO SAID #Bears ARE DONE THIS YEAR!? Let's go #Bears ! ... Umm has @MattForte22 been paid yet!? #paytheman #4thphase #Beardown