Buffone's Reaction to the Action

The Chicago defense spent nearly 35 minutes on the field against Green Bay. While that might seem like a disadvantage, it gave the unit just enough time to make the plays to win the game.

If I had told you Kyle Orton would have finished the game with a 23.7 passer rating and the offense failed to convert a third down on ten attempts it would have spelled a loss.

However, the Bears won their eighth straight game because of the best defense in football. They came up with four turnovers, which led to 10 points.

Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher combined for 140 yards in interception returns.

As crazy as it sounds, it might be best if the defense spent the majority of the game on the field. It allows them to make big plays and force the other team into mistakes.

The Bears average 27.8 yards per interception return and have scored three times. On the other side of the coin, opponents have averaged just 4.2 yards on 13 interceptions thrown by the Bears. That's nearly 450 yards of field position in the Chicago's favor.

The offense just isn't doing enough with the short field. The Packers nearly took the lead into the locker room at halftime because the Bears turned the ball over twice in Green Bay territory.

Running the ball isn't the problem. The ground game produced 139 yards. For the first time in his career, Thomas Jones went over 1,000 yards rushing. Adrian Peterson continues to be productive with a limited amount of touches. He's a first down maker.

When your quarterback throws for 68 yards that's not good. The consistency is not there. One pass is right on the money, then the next out of bounds or overthrown. I don't know if I can really complain when they're tied for the second best record in the NFC, but the expectations have changed.

How much more pressure can you put on the defense? At some point this is going to have to change when you start playing stiff competition. I know the Steelers have lost two straight, but going to Pittsburgh will be a tough road test.

The special teams complimented the defensive performance. Robbie Gould hit on 4-of-5 field goals and did a heck of a job of pinning Green Bay down on his kickoffs. Brad Maynard was booming the ball.

The punt return role is still a huge problem. To have Rashied Davis drop two balls is inexcusable. Either one of the fumbles could have turned the game in the Packers' favor.

Bobby Wade will get another shot, but there has to be somebody on the team that can simply catch the ball. I'm not even looking for a big return just ball security.

It's great to get the Green Bay monkey off the Bears' back. Beating the Packers and Brett Favre at Soldier Field for the first time since 1993 is well overdue. The Bears are 4-0 against the NFC North and have a chance to sweep the division for the first time since 1987.

Some may be worried about the Vikings winning five-straight games, but I think it's a good thing. It keeps the pressure on the Bears to stay focused on how important each week is.


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