By Dan Bernstein-
CBSChicago.com senior columnist
(CBS) Yaaaaaaay. Wheeeeee.
Now pardon me while I clean up the streamers and balloons. These empty champagne bottles won’t carry themselves out to the recycling bin, either.
It says something about how lost this Bears season is that a win at home over the divisional rival Vikings elicits such profound indifference, but that’s where we are – the Bears on the right side of the scoreboard, finally, but not in any race and still exhibiting the many troubling signs of a team led by a coach in well over his head.
When a case has to be made that an NFL victory meant anything, that means it didn’t.
Jay Cutler’s jump-balls ended up in the right hands enough times, aided by the Vikings’ curious decision to play man-to-man coverages that created size mismatches for their cornerbacks and allowed Cutler room for scrambles that sustained drives. That he threw another pair of clueless interceptions didn’t end up mattering much, but it still underscored a continuing lack of trust. Even when he’s more good than bad, he’s still Jay Cutler.
The defense had little to worry about all day, because Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stopped reading the field under even the slightest hint of pressure, dropping his eyes close to the line of scrimmage and hoping to find something that never was going to materialize.
Bears coach Marc Trestman supplied enough signature weirdness to ensure that we wonder what he’s doing, with end-of-half clock management that made little sense and a fourth-and-goal call from the 1-yard line on which he opted for a futile quarterback sweep to the short side. The newly productive offense still remained dogged by communication problems and ill-timed penalties.