November 20, 2006

Da Bears: 10-0

Bears get the job done.
It was not necessarily an artistic success, but it was a success all the same, which is the important thing for the Bears.

Their 10-0 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday put them at 9-1 and, with Green Bay and Minnesota losing, just a victory away from clinching at least a tie for the NFC North title.

With the Jets running what the visitors dubbed the "muddle huddle" offense of frequent substitutions into a no-huddle system, the Bears shook off a bumpy 0-0 first half.

They took advantage of New York mistakes—by players and coaches—for a field goal in the third quarter and a touchdown in the fourth while outgaining the Jets 115-61 in the final quarter, 204-108 in the second half.

"It seems like we have been a second-half team for a while," said Bears coach Lovie Smith, whose team is 23-1 when leading after three quarters.

Fifty-seven of the Bears' yards came on a touchdown pass from Rex Grossman to Mark Bradley, and Thomas Jones, Cedric Benson and the offensive line pounded the Jets for 173 yards, or 4.9 yards per run.
An other victory Monday for the Chicago Bears. The game was not pretty, but it's a win. Bring on the New England Patriots.


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