The Bears beat the hapless Carolina Panthers to push their record to 4-1 on Sunday. Who made it happen? Who almost kept it from happening? We got the answers:
Grizzly Bears -- the players who made the Panthers look like kittens:
Matt Forte: Sunday against the Panthers, he was a running back on a mission, racking up 166 yards on the ground and scoring twice. His touchdowns were the first rushing TDs the Bears scored all season. Forte showed that with the right protection, the Bears can have an effective ground game. Who knew?
Julius Peppers: The former Panther and University of North Carolina star put on a show for his old fans (and his hometown), with an interception and three tackles. He also kept Panther QB Jimmy Clausen on the run all day. His play was not bothered by the "Judas Peppers" signs hung by fans at Bank of America Stadium.
Danieal Manning: His under-the-radar performance was integral to the Bears win. Manning had two kickoff returns in the first quarter, both which set up Forte's touchdowns. He finished the game with 133 return yards. He also had four tackles and a broken up pass on defense. Devin Hester is known for flashy returns, but Manning and his contributions should not be overlooked.
Teddy Bears -- the player who folded under the pressure of the big, bad 0-5 Panthers:
Todd Collins: It's never easy to step in for an injured, franchise quarterback, but what Collins did on the field was downright atrocious. He went 6-for-16, gaining 32 yards, though he was successful in throwing the ball to the Panthers. He did that four times, and was sacked twice. On the bright side, the Bears don't have to worry about a quarterback controversy cropping up any time soon.