Taking down the Cincinnati Bengals got the Bears off to a fast start while Green Bay was falling in San Francisco and Minnesota in Detroit. With the two NFC North playoff teams stumbling out of the blocks, a win over the Vikings with winnable games to follow have the Bears in launch mode.
Week Opponent Day/date/time
1. Cincinnati Bengals W 24-21
Bears were being run out 21-10 and down 325-97 in yardage midway through the third quarter. Jay Cutler takes control of fourth quarter and fourth-down Matt Forte run sets up winning Brandon Marshall touchdown pass.
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2. Minnesota Vikings (0-1) Sun, Sept. 15, noon
Adrian Peterson starts the season with a 78-yard run but the Detroit Lions come back for a 34-24 win as Christian Ponder throws 3 interceptions to kill Vikings drives.
3. @ Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) Sun., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Steelers scored second-fewest preseason points and continued with an inept nine points losing to Tennessee at home. Five sacks of Ben Roethlisberger, 195 total yards.
4. @ Detroit Lions (1-0) Sun., Sept. 29, noon
Lions let AP loose early, then throttle Vikings and Ponder while piling up 469 yards of offense with Reggie Bush running wild.
5. New Orleans Saints (1-0) Sun., Oct.6, noon
Opening at home, Saints need second-half rally to overcome Atlanta, with Drew Brees throwing for 357 yards and two scores.
6. New York Giants (0-1) Thurs., Oct. 10, 7:25 p.m.
Sloppy play on both sides but New York out-gaffes Dallas to drop a winnable road opener. Eli Manning throws for 428 yards but also three interceptions.
7. @ Washington Redskins (0-1) Sun., Oct. 20, noon
Chip Kelly's Eagles offense had Redskins spinning early before RGIII leads rally for 20 straight points before 33-27 final.
[BEARS GRADES: Coaching, A-]
8. OFF WEEK
9. @ Green Bay Packers (0-1) Mon., Nov. 4, 7:30
Packers draw 49ers on the road to open and can’t stop Colin Kaepernick (again), even with Clay Matthews hitting late out of bounds. Green Bay needing more than 90 rushing yards to help Aaron Rodgers.
10. Detroit Lions (1-0) Sun., Nov. 10, noon
11. Baltimore Ravens (0-1) Sun., Nov. 17, noon*
Ravens did not look like Super Bowl defenders being shredded by Peyton Manning in Denver. Lot of talent but did they lose too much this offseason?
12. @ St. Louis Rams (0-1) Sun., Nov. 24, noon*
Sam Bradford wasn’t sacked and Rams put Carson Palmer down four times but St. Louis barely got past Arizona at home with late field goal.
[BEARS GRADES: Quarterbacks, A-]
13. @ Minnesota Vikings (0-1) Sun., Dec. 1, noon*
14. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) Mon., Dec. 9, 7:40 p.m.
Tony Romo gets ‘Boys past New York Giants but barely scrape by getting six turnovers from ragged Giants, who coughed the ball up on their first three possessions.
15. @ Cleveland Browns (0-1) Sun., Dec. 15, noon*
Losing to Miami at home takes work and Browns do not look like a coaching change (Rob Chudzinski) did a lot to help their offense.
16. @ Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) Sun., Dec. 22, noon*
Blowing out Washington on the road is an impressive start for Kelly, making the college-to-pro’s transition. But Philly needed to recover an onside kick to seal the win.
17. Green Bay Packers (0-1) Sun., Dec. 29, noon*