Despite another subpar outing for the Bears defense, allowing 543 total yards by the Carolina Panthers, Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown. Matt Forte ran for a career best 205 yards and despite Newton continuing with a historical debut, throwing for 374 yards, a touchdown and rushing for two more, the Bears survived 34-29.
Sean Jensen summarized the Bears getting back on track with the victory. Rick Morrissey wrote how the Bears offense flourished by letting Forte go to work. Kudos on the headline. Mark Potash wrote how the Bears have a lot of work to do despite the win on Sunday. Rick Telander is ready to proclaim Hester as the best return man ever.
Vaughn McClure focused on the Bears defensive struggles. David Haugh focused on how a little luck goes a long way. Steve Rosenbloom looked at how the Bears bad game was offset by a bad Panthers team. Dan Pompei looked ahead to next week’s showdown against NFC North division rival Detroit Lions.
Jon Greenberg wrote on Forte’s historical day and how sticking to the old script of running the ball might not be pretty, but it’s successful. After giving up 30, 27 and 29 points the past three games, Melissa Isaacson writes how the Bears defense needs to improve.
Jeff Hughes offers his post-game thoughts from the comforts of the bar.
Christopher Cason covers the Chicago Bulls for the Examiner.com and freelances for HOOP magazine and contributes to Slamonline.com. He will be providing a look into Chicago sports journalism every Wednesday at Eye on Chi. You can follow him on twitter @C4DUNK.