The Bears flew to Toronto to take on the 0-7 Bills thinking they would have their way with them. Instead the Bills for the third straight week played their opponent tough.
Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 299 yards on 31 completions, finding receiver Steve Johnson 11 times for 145 yards.
The Bears allowed the Bills to complete some passes in the center of the field where Brian Urlacher plays. Brian Urlacher had some tackles, but he looked slow on some plays and he is clearly not the same player he used to be.
The run defense is more dominant than ever, but the pass defense could be improved. Luckily the pass rush was showing up all day, Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije and Henry Melton made some huge plays.
Tim Jennings played his best game as a Bear making some nice tackles and a nice interception in the fourth quarter. Chris Harris came up with a game closing interception with one minute left in the game, it was nice seeing him making a big play.
Charles Tillman made a dumb late hit penalty that allowed the Bills to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The offensive line seemed to fall apart in the red zone, making too many false start penalties. The offensive line kept Jay Cutler on his two feet only allowing him to get sacked. Cutler made some great plays with his feet rushing for a couple key first downs.
Cutler could have tore up the Bills secondary, but the conservative play calling by Mike Martz asked more out of Chester Taylor and Matt Forte. Forte and Taylor were big in the offense because they opened up the pass. They only averaged 3.4 ypc, but they were big in the screen game.
The offense looked much more disciplined, but they could have taken advantage of their opponent a little more than they did. Cutler has big potential and the Bills have a bad defense, so why not take some shots downfield. Earl Bennett had a big day and added a nice touchdown catch. Chester Taylor ran in for a nice touchdown and Greg Olsen added a touchdown in the first half.
The Bears offense were much improved on third down conversions and red zone opportunities. Greg Olsen was targeted more and so was Earl Bennett, they are the most consistent receivers in my mind.
This was a big win for the Bears even though they only beat the Bills 22-19 they still showed that they are one of the best NFC teams.
The 3-5 Vikings come to Soldier Field to take on the 5-3 Bears. The Bears need to be aware of Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson who will be keys to the Vikings offense all day. This will be a big test for the Bears, the Vikings are still a very good football team.