Chicago Bears' Johnny Knox celebrates with Matt Forte (22) after Knox scored a touchdown in the third quarter of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Bears barely topped a pretty weak Seattle Seahawks team yesterday, but the cliche says a win is a win. As we bathe in the post-win glow, let's check around and see what how the local Chicago Interwebs are feeling about the whole thing:
Ryan Corazza of Mouthpiece Sports Blog is happy about the win but upset about a glaring Bears deficiency: the offensive line (and, by proxy, the whole of the Bears running game): "Yesterday was supposed to be Forte’s day to break out against a Seattle defense rampant with injury, and one that let Frank Gore walk all over it last weekend. But Forte struggled again, amassing only 66 yards on 21 carries. In Forte’s defense, he did suffer a small knee injury in the first quarter. And really, people are starting to wonder if it’s not so much Forte, but the offensive line, especially the left side. Forte just doesn’t seem to be getting any holes; once he hits the line of scrimmage, he stops. Only when he bounced outside did it seem like he was able to gain some yardage."
The Chicago Tribune's David Haugh wants to save some of the credit Jay Cutler's getting for his much-maligned group of wideouts: "Everybody expected Cutler to make the Bears' wide receivers better. But a week after Johnny Knox provided the fourth-quarter heroics, a second straight victory resulted from a Bears wide receiver making Cutler look pretty good. Next thing you know, the TV show "MythBusters" will start staffing Bears games.This time it was Devin Hester leaping high to catch a quick slant from Cutler and running away from two Seahawks defensive backs for a 36-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter that clinched the Bears' 25-19 win at Qwest Field."
Meanwhile, the Tribune's Rick Morrissey is convinced the Bears have some sort of intangible, never-say-die quality: "One thing that can be said with certainty is that it's a huge mistake to leave the Bears for dead. They got off to an awful start when Charles Tillman tried to strip Julius Jones of the football and instead missed the tackle, leading to a 39-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 Seahawks lead. Just because the Bears' defense is predicated on getting takeaways doesn't mean it should ignore fundamentals. Tillman came back and caused a fumble in the third quarter that led to a touchdown. It was if the Bears were saying, "Fundamentals? Who needs fundamentals?" Dare we say after three games that this team is resilient? Would that be premature? Probably, but at a minimum we can say they haven't given up in any game this season."
Rickhouse of Tremendous Upside Potential is like the Bears, um, upside, with a few reservations mixed in for good measure: "This week, again, more good fortune was going the Bears' way: no Hasselbeck + a key questionable challenge victory on the Forte fumble + again, more missed field goals. It all leaves me wondering how good this team is, and I don't think that's a question anyone can answer yet with any certainty. If the Bears want to officially reach "good" status though, I think it's the offense, and not the defense, that needs to step it up. I say this because I feel like the Bears' offense has growth potential. I'm not sure we can say that about the defense. Without Urlacher, with a suspect pass rush and two below-average safeties, this isn't your old brother's Lovie Smith-coached D."
Chicagoist's Benjy Lipsman is digging the Cutler connection: "It should come as no surprise that a Cutler TD pass was the game winner. We again saw the promise of having a real QB, with Cutler accounting for 247 of the team's 318 yards of total offense. Connecting on 21 of 27 passes, he threw for three TDs on the day and had the one pick -- which bounced off a receiver's hands. And Cutler's putting up these stats with a group of receivers that were predicted to be underwhelming at best. While rookie Johnny Knox only caught one ball, it was a touchdown. Earl Bennett hauled in four passes for 80 yards, while Hester caught five for 76."
And finally, Windy City Gridiron's GeauxBears is not exactly impressed with this offense quite yet. Can't win 'em all, we guess: "I found myself last night (again) trying to convince myself that it is still early in the season, and that our offense still needs more time to jell. We have a ton of new faces on our offense that have never played together before, and that certainly has got to play into why we have zero offensive rhythm for a lot of the first three games. Sure, you can look at the stats, and say that we are improving with each game played. But the stats don't always reflect the true story. Last night, until well into the 4th quarter, we had zero offensive rhythm. Period. Our offense could not get squat accomplished until late in the game."
Eamonn Brennan is a Chicago-based writer, editor and blogger. You can also read him at Yahoo! Sports, Mouthpiece Sports Blog, and Inside The Hall, or at his personal site, eamonnbrennan.com. Follow him on Twitter.