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They Said It: Week 5

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In the aftermath of the Bears' 20-19 win over the Buccaneers, here's what Chicago writers are saying about the team.

The Athletic

"If the Bears' loss to the Colts last week felt like 2019, this was a victory straight out of 2018.

"Mack was the best player in the game, but the best hit came from cornerback Kyle Fuller in the final two minutes of the first half." — Adam Jahns | Read More

ESPN.com

"For the Bears, it marked their third win of the season after trailing by double digits, which is tied for the most in a team's first five games in NFL history, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau. The Philadelphia Eagles were the most recent team to do it, in 2014.

"The only other time the Bears have had that many come-from-behind victories in their first five games was in 1985, when Chicago won its lone Super Bowl title." — Jeff Dickerson | Read More

Chicago Tribune

"It's been a long road back for [kicker Cairo] Santos, who was on his way to a lucrative contract extension in Kansas City before a groin injury in 2017. The Bears signed him late in that season, but he aggravated the injury and had surgery. Upon his return, he approached his craft differently in working to regain strength as a kicker known more for his short-range accuracy than a booming leg." — Brad Biggs | Read More

Chicago Sun-Times

"In by far their most convincing performance yet, they finished off the Buccaneers 20-19 on a 38-yard field goal by Cairo Santos with 1:17 left.

"Even if they hadn't pulled it off at the end, it was meaningful progress. Making Tom Brady sweat the whole night and going punch-for-punch with a very good opponent was stronger evidence than anything they showed while slipping past the Lions, Giants and Falcons — three teams with a combined 1-11 record.

"The Bears faced a pivotal moment with everyone wondering whether they were headed into the same spiral that started at this time last season, and they showed the necessary urgency."— Jason Lieser | Read More 

NBC Sports Chicago

"Beautiful would also be one way to describe the Bears' constant pressure on Brady, who at 43 years old does not enjoy being hit. In total, the Bears racked up eight quarterback hits on the night, and after one sequence in the third quarter that included multiple hits and multiple penalties, Brady was caught on camera yelling at his offensive linemen as they came off the field." — Adam Hoge | Read More

See the game unfold through the lenses of our sideline photographers as the Bears face off against the Buccaneers at home under the lights in Chicago.

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