While the St. Louis Rams week three visit to Soldier Field certainly did not earn their hostile hosts the Chicago Bears any style points, the Monsters of the Midway's dazzling defensive effort ultimately paved the way to a 23-6 victory.
Ten days after suffering a humiliating loss to their division rival Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Bears managed to bounce back and notch their second win in three games.
Although Chicago managed to hand new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher his second loss of the young season, the questions that swirled around the lackluster offensive output following the Green Bay debacle still loom.
Bears cornerback DJ Ware even hurled public criticism at his controversial QB Jay Cutler for initiating the highly publicized physical altercation with left tackle J'Marcus Webb during last Thursday night's cheese headed catastrophe.
Finishing just 17 of 31 for 183 yards, including zero touchdown tosses and another interception, Cutler's pedestrian performance against the up and coming Rams ceased to impress the Soldier Field faithful Sunday.
"It was hit and miss," No. 6 said of his performance. "At the end of the day, we won the game. Offensively, there were some things we could make better, but the idea is to win. It's not a one-on-one tennis match."
After being held to just two seemingly meaningless catches for only 24 yards in week two, Chicago's new number one wide-out Brandon Marshall did manage to haul in the lion's share of the Bears receiving yards against the Rams. Although he did not find the end zone, Marshall's five grabs for 71 yards contributed to Chicago's confounded offense's ability to control the clock.
Additionally, the Bears newly acquired 6' 1", 245 pound big-bodied bruiser Michael Bush helped the offense possess the ball for nearly eight minutes longer than their St. Louis counterparts. Filling in for injured feature back Matt Forte, who was unable to suit up due to a sprained ankle, Bush rushed 18 times for 55 yards and rumbled into the end zone for the game's only offensive touchdown.
Former Florida Gator's safety Major Wright seemingly sealed the Bears victory when he picked off Rams' QB Sam Bradford and scampered untouched into the end zone. Cornerback Tim Jennings who batted Bradford's ball to Wright and ultimately produced the prodigious pick-six also nabbed his fourth interception of the season.
In addition to the secondary's inspired performance, the Bears domineering defensive line manhandled the Rams big boys in route to a six sack afternoon. Tallying just two field goals and mustering up only 160 total yards St. Louis struggled to fend off the furious, panic-inducing pass rush of Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije and Henry Melton.
A Monday night matchup against Dallas in Jerry Jones' state-of-the-art, billion dollar football mecca is next for the 2-1 Monsters of the Midway. Anxious Bears fans can only hope that their dominant defense will be able to force mistake-prone Cowboys QB Tony Romo into a bad night in the lone star state.