The Bears struggled in the first half, and trailed 21-10 midway through the third quarter. But the Cutler and the offense seemed to evolve as the game continued, and Chicago was happy with the way their effort carried them to a win at the end.
"They didn't play 30 minutes, they played 60 minutes," Trestman said. "I give them all the credit. Sundays are for players."
The biggest improvement seemed to be the offensive line. Facing a Bengals team that was third in the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 51, the Bears didn't allow Cutler to be sacked once. This despite a Bears offensive line that was starting two rookies in right guard Kyle Long and right tackle Jordan Mills. Cutler remained upright, and finished 21-33 for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
"The offensive line, I thought played a great game, all four quarters," Cutler said after the game.
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