The best thing for a struggling team after a devastating loss to a division rival is beating up on an division rival as the Bears (3-3) manhandled the continuously struggling Minnesota Vikings (1-5), defeating them 39-10 Sunday night at Soldier Field.
Devin Hester, who left the game early because of a chest injury, scored two touchdowns in the victory. One, a 48-yard touchdown pass on the teams third play from scrimmage and the other a 98-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, extending his career record for kickoff and punt returns to 17.
As always, the highlights for the Eye on Chi center around the coverage from Sunday.
Rick Morrissey looks at how the Bears played a complete game against the lowly Vikings. In such a dominating win, Sean Jensen observes how even the O-line looked good against Jared Allen and the Vikings pass rush and gave his thoughts on how Hester and Lovie Smith made all the right moves. Mark Potash penned his thoughts on Hester's performance.
David Haugh looked at how the start of safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright made a huge impact for a struggling Bears defense. Brad Biggs observed how the Bears performance evened out along with their record. Dan Pompei wrote how with their upcoming schedule, the Bears offense is beginning to click at the right time. Vaughn McClure wrote how the Vikings paid for testing Hester. Next up is the Bears matchup against the Tampa Bay Bucs in London and Pompei looked ahead to the matchup.
Jon Greenberg wrote how the benching of Chris Harris, Brandon Meriweather served as motivational ploys for the teams defense. Michael C. Wright wrote how quarterback Jay Cutler's lobbying for plays to get the ball out of his hands quicker exposed the potential of the Bears offense.
EOC's own Jack Silverstein's sat down with Charles Tillman last week about the upcoming game with the Vikings. Sean Jensen wrote how the only games that matter to Tillman are the ones at home.