1. Shutouts are all the more impressive in today's NFL
In a league dominated by offense and every rule designed to help put more points on the board, Chicago's 16-0 whitewashing of Miami is one of only three shutouts in the NFL this year, with all of them believe it or not recorded by the visitor.
2. Peppers was overdue for a breakout game defensively
While he is not being mentioned as often as Packers linebacker Clay Matthews when Defensive Player of the Year conversations pop up, Peppers deserves the lion's share of the credit for what had been a mediocre Bears D from 2007-09 now being tied with Green Bay for fewest points per game allowed (14.6) through 11 weeks.
3. The Bears are stuck with Webb at right tackle for now
Nevertheless, Webb sticks in the starting lineup for now because he's young and talented and should only get better going forward, plus Kevin Shaffer is more valuable off the bench as a swing tackle that can quickly patch a hole on either side should Webb or Frank Omiyale go down with an injury mid-game.
4. The coaching staff made the right decision on Gilbert vs. Melton
Meanwhile, Gilbert went on to sign with the Jets in part because some scouts thought he would be a better fit in a 3-4 than he ever was in the 4-3, yet he can't even get off New York's practice squad for any length of time and doesn't look to have much of a future in the NFL.
5. Special teams alone might win a game for the Bears
And just in case it ever comes down to the opponent lining up for a game-winning field goal, both Peppers and Israel Idonije have already recorded a block in the kicking game and are among the best in football doing so.
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