The Chicago Bears won their second straight game Sunday afternoon with a 17-3 victory over the Panthers. The Bears (3-4) have their second home win of the season, and this one came at the hands of the defense. It looked like a classic Bears game with the defense taking the ball away for points, getting to the quarterback and shutting down the run game. The offense did very little in this game as the offensive line struggled, but in the end, it was not needed.

Monsters of the Midway

To sum up what the defense did today, they picked off Cam Newton two times, sacked him five times and hit him 11 times.

In total the Bears generated three turnovers, and two of them were taken into the endzone, both by rookie safety Eddie Jackson. The third and final takeaway was an interception by Danny Trevathan. In old-time Bears fashion, most of the points they put up were by the defense as 14 of the 17 points were results of the Jackson takeaways.

Akiem Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Leonard Floyd, Pernell McPhee all were credited with a sack with Eddie Goldman and Mitch Unrein both getting half a sack. Christian Jones was the team leader in tackles with 11 and another great effort by Kyle Fuller covering his man and recording five total tackles.

Adrian Amos had a good game as well with six tackles.

The funniest part of this game was the fact that the Panthers offense put up much better offensive numbers than the Bears, but the defense stopped them in the most important times of the game. As a team, the Panthers made 69 total offensive plays with 293 yards and converted 19 first downs.

Newton finished the game with 211 yards with Kelvin Benjamin racking up 65 yards.

Bears offense

The offense did so little in this game that it is shocking that the team won. Mitchell Trubisky was 4-7 with 107 yards. and no touchdown passes. His biggest play was a 70-yard deep pass to Tarik Cohen to set up an eventual field goal in the second quarter.

The young quarterback was constantly under pressure as the o-line struggled to block the pass rush and did not allow the running backs to do much. In the end, the Bears offense totaled 153 yards on 37 plays and only five first downs.

Jordan Howard rushed for 65 yards on 21 carries but did get a big first down in the last minutes of the game to seal the deal. Tanner Gentry made the only catch by a Bears receiver in the game for eight yards. The only target to record more than one catch was tight end Zach Miller who made two catches for 29 yards.

Next up

The Bears will go to the 'Big Easy' next week to take on the red-hot New Orleans Saints. It will be a big test for the Bears defense facing a real good offense, while the Bears look to get their offense going against a Saints defense that is not very good.