A View from the Couch

In what was a surprise, not in the fact that the Bears beat the Cardinals, but because they beat them so soundly, in what was a solid victory, the Chicago upended Arizona 28-3.

The victory represented many things for the Bears this season, it was the first time that they scored more than 24 points this season and, most importantly, and it kept them in the hunt for a division title, which is still within the Bears grasp, even at 5-7.

The game stayed pretty close throughout the first half. The Bears scored first when Marty Booker caught a 2-yard touchdown toss from Kordell Stewart, who replaced an injured Chris Chandler as the starter for this game, capping a 96-yard drive. That put the score at 7-0 Bears.

Arizona answered back with a 32-yard field goal to make the score 7-3. That constituted all the scoring in the first half.

The second half was all Chicago as the Bears scored 21 points while holding the Cardinals scoreless. Chicago began their scoring run after a scoreless third quarter, when Dez White nabbed a 14-yard yard pass from Kordell Stewart. This play came shortly after R.W. McQuarters intercepted quarterback Jeff Blake. Blake had two interceptions on the day. That score gave the Bears a 14-3 lead.

The Bears struck once again, this time on a Kordell Stewart touchdown run of 8 yards to make the score 21-3. Brock Forsey, a last minute starter for this game, replacing running back Anthony Thomas who was out with viral pneumonia, scored the final touchdown of the game for Chicago on a 9-yard run.

Paul Edinger continued his struggles at Soldier Field after he missed two field goals Sunday, just a week after having such a big game in Denver. Edinger missed from 44 and 43 yards Sunday. Luckily, the field goals weren't the difference in this game as they had been in games against Detroit and St. Louis earlier this month.

The Bears defense played an outstanding game holding the Cardinals to just three points and a total of 163 total yards on offense. They intercepted Blake twice on the day and sacked him once. The allowed a total of just 46 yards rushing on the day as well.

It was so hard to pick just one person who really played well against the Cardinals so I picked two. My choices for the Bears who stood out most in this game and helped the Bears to this victory are Kordell Stewart and Brock Forsey. Stewart came in as a substitute for Chris Chandler, after suffering an injury and then being demoted in favor of Chandler, and guided the Bears to a resounding victory. Stewart threw for a whopping 284 yards on the day and most important, he threw no interceptions and made no serious mistakes. All told, Stewart was responsible for three scores, two in the air and one on the ground, and led some impressive scoring drives, including a 96-yard drive, which ended in a touchdown.

Brock Forsey, a rookie from Boise State, had a career game. Forsey rushed for 134 yards on 27 carries. He also caught two passes for 27 yards in the game as well. Forsey, a last second replacement for an ailing Anthony Thomas, did much better than anyone may have expected. Forsey helped Chicago control the clock and keep the ball out of the hands of the Arizona offense and did a good job of filling in. He is just one of many Chicago rookies who have done an outstanding job for the Bears this season.

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