Ugly wins count as well as pretty ones and the Bears kept a two-step NFC North lead on Green Bay with their come-from-behind win over Carolina while Minnesota also lost.
The Bears have a problem most other teams would love to have -- they haven't played their best football, but still own the second best record in the entire NFL.
It wasn't looking good for Jay Cutler and the Bears on Sunday. For over three quarters, the Panthers had "hothead" Jay rattled and a comeback didn't seem to be in the cards.
In meetings between two defense-based head coaches, Lovie Smith has taken a 2-0 lead on his former defensive coordinator. And a certain irony ran through a some critical moments Sunday.