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For the second consecutive week Chicago Bears' quarterback Jay Cutler found himself staring down the barrel of another ominous fourth quarter comeback drive.
Down six points to the visiting Vikings with only 3:08 remaining on the Soldier Field scoreboard Sunday the reloaded Chicago offense overcame a peculiar pass deflection off of unsuspecting umpire Rich Hall's head and an otherwise costly holding penalty to ultimately defeat their division foes 31-30.
No. 6 capped off the electrifying comeback victory with a thrilling touchdown toss to his new security blanket Martellus Bennett.
Only 10 seconds remained as the Bears' sure-handed tight end snagged Cutler's perfectly placed back shoulder ball near the goal-line and bowled over confused Minnesota defensive back Chris Cook to seal Chicago's second straight exhilarating win.
Although Marc Trestman's troops moved to 2-0 for the first time since legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka stood on the sidelines the retooled Monsters of the Midway are obviously still a work in progress.
Traditionally turnover prone Cutler tossed two more interceptions, including an ill-advised pass into the teeth of the Vikings' D on first and goal from the one yard line. Chicago's signal caller also coughed up a costly fumble in the second quarter when dominant defensive end Jared Allen ambushed Bear's left tackle Jermon Bushrod and caught Cutler in the backfield.
However, despite the offensive mistakes and allowing an explosive 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by speedy Vikings rookie Cordarrelle Patterson Chicago countered with their still potent special teams weapon Devin Hester.
Recently relieved of his wide receiver duties to focus solely on special teams Hester, one of the most prolific return men in NFL history, dazzled the Soldier Field faithful with five kickoff returns for a Bears record 249 yards including one 76-yarder and another amazing 80-yarder.
In addition to Hester's exceptional special teams play Chicago's vaunted defense did not disappoint. Pro Bowl corner back Tim Jennings' stimulating second quarter 44-yard pick six of Viking's second-year quarterback Christian Ponder gave the Bears the first half lead.
Additionally the defensive unit as a group held reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson to an even 100 yards rushing and kept Minnesota's bruising back out of the end zone all afternoon. An impressive feat considering Peterson is coming off a staggering 2,097 yard 12 touchdown 2012 season.
Although the new-look Chicago Bears' certainly have areas to improve upon on both sides of the ball their ability to overcome adversity is undeniable. Can the Bears carry the momentum with them into the Steel City this Sunday night when they faceoff against the 0-2 downtrodden Pittsburgh Steelers?
If Chicago can minimize the offensive mistakes in their first road game of the season and if their defense can bully Big Ben Roethlisberger their record should remain unblemished.