Many critics wondered how the Bears would do on Sunday for several reasons. The Bears (4-3) hadn't played well in back to back games yet this season. The Bucs (4-3) had played well most of the season. The Bears didn't arrive in London until Friday while the Bucs had been there all week. Well that was all garbage, as the Bears were able to play well enough to defeat Tampa Bay 24-18.
Sunday's game wasn't a perfect one for Chicago, but they played well enough to gain an early lead and then hold on from a late Tampa Bay surge to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Matt Forte was the star again for the Bears on Sunday. Forte gained 145 yards rushing to go along with another 38 yards receiving. The only thing that seemed to stop Forte was play calling as for some reason the Bears decided to keep throwing the ball even though Tampa couldn't stop Forte.
Jay Cutler played ok. Cutler had a lot of pressure on him and did make some nice passes when they really needed him too. Cutler also made some "Favre Like" throws in which he tried to force things and two of them were intercepted.
The defense played very well on Sunday. They forced four interceptions and held the Bucs to just 30 yards on the ground. Yes I know Earnest Graham went down and Legarrette Blount didn't dress, but Bears teams in the past have been known to give up big yardage to no named running backs.
The Bears are now 4-3 on the season which is where they were at this point last season before they really took off. After a long flight home they will get to enjoy their bye week before they travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles on Monday Night Football on November 7th.