1. Believe it or not, pass protection is better than run blocking
As bad as Olin Kreutz and Co. have been keeping Cutler upright in the pocket, they have been even worse in support of Forte and Taylor and deserve some of the blame for offensive coordinator Mike Martz being overly pass-happy.
2. Bowman isn't going to get his starting job back any time soon
Jennings was arguably Chicago's best defender on the field Sunday, tying for the team lead with nine tackles, getting credited for two passes defensed and then intercepting another throw that set up the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
3. Resist the temptation to put Bennett on the field more often
While some fans have wondered why he won't be elevated to starter status over the underwhelming Devin Hester, they should understand the fact that Bennett is an ideal fit at the Y position because he spent the majority of his collegiate career in Nashville running those short- and intermediate-range patterns in the middle of the field.
4. Nobody up at Halas Hall expected Idonije to be this good
Idonije deserves all the credit for coming into his own after being signed by Chicago way back in 2003, but don't forget that the decision makers gave Anderson countless chances before finally giving up on him – last year's trade for the late Gaines Adams is more evidence that Idonije wasn't considered a solution at D-end.
5. Don't assume Martz is in love with the running game now
For the most part, Martz has assembled his game plan every week based on what the numbers are telling him to do, and right now Minnesota's fifth-ranked defense is better stopping the run (seventh in the league) than stopping the pass (10th).
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