CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 26: Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears follows blocker Frank Omiyale #68 as he runs against Shaun Ellis #92 and David Harris #52 of the New York Jets at Soldier Field on December 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 38-34. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matt Forte; Frank Omiyale; Shaun Ellis; David Harris
All season the Bears have had a stellar defense and special teams that carried an inconsistent offense.
But Sunday's win over the Jets showed that the offense can carry their offensive brethren when called upon.
Despite a slow start, the Bears offense was stellar against the Jets. Matt Forte was the first person in 22 games to run for more than 100 yards against New York, and added 56 yards receiving. Jay Cutler's passing rating was 104.2. Johnny Knox and Devin Hester combined for 140 receiving yards.
This was not against a patsy defense. In fact, the Jets were the NFL's fifth-ranked defense coming into this game. Their rushing defense was on par with the Bears, but Forte still was able to run at will. Darrelle Revis was expected to be a disruptive force, but he finished the game with four tackles and a broken-up pass. The cornerback remains interception-less.
On the other side of the coin, the defense started strong and then stalled. They didn't get a single sack. Julius Peppers was held to one tackle. Three Jets receivers picked up 68+ yards. Other than the glowing performance by Chris Harris, the defense was not good.
Still, the Bears won. They didn't need the defense to be perfect on every play because their offense was firing. Heading into the playoffs, isn't that exactly what a team should be doing?