Bears reach high point, but questions remain

Perhaps if the takeaways tail off, the offense can compensate. As good as the Bears should feel about getting 37 points from the offense, they should also feel they can do better.

The offense started slowly as usual. The only scoring the Bears offense was involved with on their first three possessions was allowing a Titans safety.

Once Devin Hester gifted them the ball on the Titans' 8 with a 44-yard punt return, the offense took off, showing it deserved a seat at the adults' table. But still there were some troubling breakdowns — a sack/strip of Jay Cutler on the Titans' 13 and two other drives stalling inside the 10.

"We stumbled a little bit offensively," Cutler said. "In the red zone, we stumbled a little bit down there. The turnover was my fault. I was trying to do too much. Definitely some things to work on offensively, but we're headed in the right direction. We just have to put together a four-quarter game at some point."

It is the offense that will determine how far the Bears go. If the offense can run the ball, hit big pass plays like it did Sunday and clean up some of the missteps, there is no telling how far this team can go — and where these crazy Bears fans will be traveling come February.

"A lot of Chicagoans feel the way we do — that this is a special year," Briggs said in explaining the phenomenon of traveling crowd support. "People want to see special things."

These are not the 1985 Bears. But this is starting to feel a little like 1985.

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