Stout Bears Defense Wins Defensive Battle with Defense
October 20, 2008
(Chicago, IL) – For years, the calling card of the Chicago Bears has been its defense. A defense so vaunted that it struck fear in the hearts of opponents before they even took the field.
And like the fine wine, the Bears’ defense has only gotten better with age. They showed it once again yesterday, winning a defensive slugfest with fellow defensive stallwort, the Minnesota Vikings.
When all was said and done, the score was a fairly pedestrian 48-41, leaving many of the fans in attendance bored. But they should have realized that they just witnessed the equivalent of an incredible pitchers’ duel.
Minnesota, an offensive juggernaut, particularly in the passing game, managed just 439 total yards and 41 points, both season lows.
“It was tough to swallow,” Viking running back Adrian Peterson said of the loss. “That [Bear] defense is just brutal. We couldn’t get anything going, other than those seven times we scored. They just kept almost stopping us. It was really frustrating.”
Such is life for a Chicago Bears opponent.
“We just feel fortunate to have a defense like that,” Bears quarterback Kyle Orton said. “When we [the offense] leave the field, we know we’re going to be right back out there, because our defense is not going to let the other team’s offense stay on the field. And they sure didn’t let the Vikings stay out there very long.”
“I just can’t imagine what would have happened if we’d been playing a team with a struggling offense. I mean, if we’d been playing the Browns or the Bengals or a team like that. Heck, they might not have even put up 30.”
The Bears feel good about their chances for another strong defensive performance next week when they take on the Bye.