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The Bears focused on running the ball for a change, and managed to hang for a 17-9 win over the inferior squad from St. Louis.
It wasn’t always pretty. Opposing running back Stephen Jackson ran 28 times for 112 yards, although penalties negated much of his work. But Rams quarterback Kyle Boller had trouble doing anything through the air. He mustered just 76 passing yards on 32 attempts with zero TDs and an interception.
The Bears controlled the game by getting back to the smash-mouth style of play that Urlacher lamented during an interview with Yahoo Sports last weekend.
They ran the ball 36 times for 122 yards, compared with 17 pass attempts for Jay Cutler who, thankfully, threw no interceptions.
Cutler actually looked sharp in the win. He connected on two huge throws in the first half – a 43-yard reception to Devin Hester, who left the game with an injury, and a 71-yard toss to Earl Bennett.
The Bears defense stepped up, too, and kept the Rams out of the end zone. Hunter Hillenmeyer intercepted a pass and three different Bears notched sacks.
The 17-9 victory, while nice, won’t do much to quell the Bears critics, however.
Much like their win over the lowly Cleveland Browns, this was an expected victory.