GLENDALE, Ariz. The overall play of the defense in a must-win game like this one is a little difficult to critique in absolute terms just because of the quality of the opponent.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago's defense outscored Arizona all by itself on a day when the Bears had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive.
A first quarter of allowing the Green Bay Packers 30 total yards should have been a sign of good things to come.
When the Bears defense allows just 248 yards, 160 of those after an initial drive, and the Bears lose, the problem was not the defense (again).
Besides its obvious playoff implications, the Bears-Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday becomes a spot referendum on the first year of general manager Phil Emery.