By David Schuster–
Ok, be honest. How many of you actually thought the Bears would be 8-3 at this point of the season? I certainly didn’t. In fact they have already surpassed the amount of victories I predicted before the season even started.
But even the hard core fans couldn’t have envisioned that this Bears team would be all alone atop the division with 5 games to go. And it’s doubtful they thought that the Bears would pretty much dominate the Eagles on Sunday. And dominate they did.
Jay Cutler tied his career high with 4 touchdown passes as he finished with a quarterback rating of 146. Throw in Matt Forte’s 117 yards rushing and no turnovers by the offense and this unit finally carried their full weight.
As for the defense, they sacked Michael Vick 4 times and came up with the first interception of Vick this season. The pick came from Chris Harris after the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Tommie Harris. Lovie Smith called it the biggest play of the game and he was right as it stopped Philadelphia from scoring on one side of the field and then Cutler marched his team the other way for a quick touchdown.
Coupled with Green Bay’s last second loss at Atlanta, the Bears now lead the Packers by one game in the NFC North. The two teams square off in the final game of the season but next up is a return battle with the Lions in Detroit next Sunday.