After opening the season with losses to Green Back, Arizona and Seattle – arguably the three best teams in the NFC – the Chicago Bears finally got in the win column Sunday with a 22-20 win over the Raiders at Soldier Field.
“Yeah, it feels good to finally get the first win, especially at home,” Bears running back Matt Forte said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Giving up two games at home is kind of not what you’re supposed to do in the NFL. You got to win a lot of games at home and try to win half of them on the road. It’s been good. It was good to get Jay back for this game. He came off that hamstring injury and played well and had some great throws, especially in the two-minute drill when we drove down and kicked a field goal to win the game.”
Chicago trailed 20-19 late in the fourth quarer but marched 48 yards in 12 plays in just over two minutes to set up Robbie Gould’s game-winning 49-yard field goal. Cutler, who did not play in a Week 3 loss at Seattle, finished 28-of-43 for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Forte was asked what kind of guy Cutler is.
“He’s the opposite of what the media portrays,” Forte said. “I’ve been asked this question my entire career. He’s been here since the second year of my career in Chicago and it’s the same question all the time: What kind of guy is he? They portray him to be an arrogant jerk type of guy, or the guy who doesn’t care when something happens bad on the field. Jay’s the opposite. He actually is one of the guys who cares. He cares too much sometimes and kind of puts a lot on himself when a mistake has happened. Our coaching staff has done a great job this year when anything bad happens to let him know to forget about it and go back out there and continue to play at a high level and help us win games.”
Forte isn’t the first Bear to defend Cutler, but if what Forte says is true, why is there such a disparity between Cutler’s reputation and actual personality?
“I don’t know,” Forte said. “It’s weird, man. I think everybody in his career pointed the finger at him and it just kind of took off from there. It’s kind of unfair that it’s like that.”
Forte also dismissed rumors that he will be traded.
“I think it’s funny,” said Forte, who had 155 total yards against Oakland. “The media, I don’t know. I guess they start to speculate and then they report it as news and it takes off. That’s how news gets more and more views, likes and listens, I guess. So they were speculating when the draft was coming up this past offseason that I was going to be traded then and nothing happened. So I can only control how I play on the football field. I don’t really worry about it. I just think it’d be crazy to trade me anyways.”
The Bears play their next two on the road: at Kansas City (1-3) this Sunday and at Detroit (0-4) on Oct. 18. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. ET.