So, How Do the Chicago Bears Earn Respect? Like This:

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At 8-3, the Chicago Bears offense absolutely exploded against a Philadelphia Eagles team who everyone had dubbed the most explosive offense in the NFL.

The Bears put up a season high, 31 points, to end the Eagles' three game winning streak, and continue their own win streak to four games. The Bears are now 4-0 against Michael Vick as starting quarterback.

In the battle for the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers lost to the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon. And with a win, the Bears are now in sole possession on the NFC North with a 1 game lead over the Packers. The Bears also hold the tie-breaker over the Packers, being undefeated in the division.

While the Bears offense is the most surprising thing to come out of the Bears' win, their defense is simply put, dominant. Kudos to the Bears' coaching staff for orchestrating a shutdown defensive game plan against the Eagles. The Bears' defensive line was the star of the show with everyone stepping up in one way or another:

Israel Idonije, Matt Toeaina, Henry Melton, Julius Peppers, and Anthony Adams each had sacks on the day. Tommie Harris and Matt Toeaina each had a tipped pass. As I always seem to find myself saying this time of the week, Julius Peppers was absolutely dominant to a point that stats just do not show.

In the secondary, Chris Harris came up with yet another key interception, his 3rd in the Bears' last four games. He's starting to look like the play-making safety the Bears had back in 2006. In fact, I think he looks better.

Matt Forte had 14 attempts for 117 yards against the Eagles. That performance is the best rushing performance against an Eagles defense since December of 2009.

Wide receiver Earl Bennett had four catches, for 56 yards and two touchdowns; The only two TD game of his career. But more important, was what the guy throwing him the ball did. Jay Cutler was 14 of 22, for 247 yards, four TDs and no picks, for a 146.2 QB rating; His highest QB rating all season.

So the question is, do the Bears finally get the respect they deserve? Absolutely. To derail a red-hot Eagles team, and do it in such fashion, makes a big statement; A statement no one can contest. As many fans have pointed out, the only thing that is seemly holding this Bears team back from being 'elite' is the offensive line.

Wait, so does this mean Lovie is a good coach now too? You know what, I'll save that for another day (like tomorrow probably).

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