Good, bad and best: How the Bears fared in 17-3 victory vs. Panthers
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Some weeks are better than others for the Bears:
Give running back Benny Cunningham the Jason Heyward Award: The night before being listed as inactive Sunday with a hamstring injury, he gave his teammates an inspirational speech.
‘‘He talked about us just being able to go out there and lay one brick at a time, one play at a time, one down at a time,’’ defensive end Akiem Hicks said. ‘‘And stack our bricks and build our wall.
‘‘I think that last week was a really good brick. This week’s an even better brick. I think that if we keep stacking our bricks, we’re gonna be in a good place at the end of the day.’’
Said rookie safety Eddie Jackson after his two defensive touchdowns: ‘‘Benny had a saying: ‘Just laying one brick at a time.’ We stuck with that.’’
The sideline chain gang. The Bears converted only two of their 11 third downs Sunday. On the season, they’ve converted 34 percent of them. Only the 49ers, Giants, Dolphins and Browns are worse.
Jackson is the unquestioned winner.
Want variety? Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan has been a star in his two games since returning from a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams. He had a sack, a batted pass and an interception against the Panthers. A week earlier, he had a fumble recovery and a sack against the Ravens.
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