Resiliency can carry Bears a long way

"A physical, nasty game," Rachal said. "The physicality of a game like this, I get a kick off that."

In case anyone was under the impression the Bears offense was going to be putting up 41 on a regular basis as it did in the opener, this game was a dose of reality.

"We're going to have games like that this year," Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "That's the type of team we are, I think. We're just going to have to grind them out."

On Urlacher's side of the ball, the Bears stuffed the run early and made the Rams one-dimensional. Steven Jackson is a big, tough, productive back. He was held to 29 yards and a 2.6-yard average.

"They tried to establish the run and we held our ground," Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton said. "Then we could get after the quarterback."

That made Idonije, Julius Peppers and company very happy. Sam Bradford, not so much so. The Rams quarterback was sacked six times. The pressure led to two interceptions.

An NFL season is a long, often grueling grind. Valleys are a part of every team's terrain.

So resiliency means everything. Without it, a team has no hope.

Remember, the Bears weren't just beaten in Green Bay. They were beaten physically. They were shoved all over the field. And on Sunday, they did the shoving.

This Bears team might not have consistent quarterbacking. It might not have ideal pass protection.

But I think it has resiliency, and that can carry them a long way.

dpompei@tribune.com

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