If there was a nagging concern from a game that pushed the Bears to 2-0 and shoved the Vikings into an 0-2 hole it is the frequency with which opponents are pushing the Bears all over the field.
After Cincinnati scored on touchdown drives of 97, 91 and 80 yards, the Minnesota Vikings went 81 and 79 yards for points in the second half after finishing the first with a 75-yard push for a touchdown.
“We thought we were going to win,” one member of the defense told CSNChicago.com. He was smiling but there was a sense of relief rather than the straightforward confidence that Bears defensive players typically have.
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Yet offensive players said that the turning point in a game that rarely seemed to have any clear flow was a defensive stop.
After running back Matt Forte, who amassed 161 total yards for the game, had the ball taken away by defensive tackle Letroy Guion midway through the fourth quarter, the Vikings drove from the Chicago 47 to the 6. Adrian Peterson, who finished with 100 rushing yards, got his final two, followed by an incompletion and a stop of Peterson for no gain.
Blair Walsh converted a 22-yard field goal, but keeping the Vikings out of the end zone was what the Bears needed.
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Players said that among things Cutler said in the huddle was to mention that the defense had made held the Vikings after the fumble and that it was on the offense to pay them back.
“There at the end, whenever we fumbled, they got a stop down at the goal line, held them to three [points[ and gave us a chance to win,” Cutler said.