[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter a dismal start of the 2015 season, the Chicago Bears managed to capture their first win in a thrilling matchup against the Oakland Raiders last Sunday at Soldier Field. This was Jay Cutler’s first game back after suffering a hamstring injury earlier in the season against Arizona. Despite throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Cutler seemed to have a positive momentum going as he completed 28 of 43 passes for a total of 289 yards as well as two touchdown passes. The Bears continued to rely heavily on Matt Forte on offense as he rushed for a total of 91 yards.
The defense also showed slight improvement from the previous game as rookie defensive tackle Eddie Goldman recorded his first sack.
The game came down to the last seconds as Robbie Gould kicked a game-winning 49-yard field goal to bring Chicago to its first win of the season. Even with a low-margin win, the Bears seemed electrified and relieved.
“Any time you work as hard as all those guys work—coaches, players, staff members—obviously it’s a lot more gratifying when you win, and that was our first opportunity,” coach John Fox said. “I was really, really happy to see smiles in [the locker room]. And I’m really happy for our fans because we haven’t exactly lit it up here in our first two home games.”
The Bears remain hopeful that even after a 0-3 start, Chicago can still turnaround the season. “Just keep doing what we’re doing. Don’t give up and trust in the process.” said rookie center Hroniss Grasu. “I believe today we took a step towards that and we’ll all learn from this and get better from this and enjoy today but get ready to work tomorrow.”
Even with a win at home and Cutler slowly returning to being at 100 percent, Chicago still faces a tough challenge ahead. The Bears will travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs on Sunday.