Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert
We’ve been though this before in these parts. Black and Blue Team X soundly defeats inferior Team Y, and we’re left to judge how much credit to give Team X.
Do we acknowledge that Chicago did what it was supposed to do Sunday by soundly defeating hapless Cleveland? Do we credit quarterback Jay Cutler for a blood-inducing performance, as ESPN Chicago colleague Jon Greenberg does? Or do we fixate on new left guard Josh Beekman’s tough day? Or the fact that the Browns were within 10 points late in the third quarter? Or possibly the four sacks and three additional hits Cutler absorbed?
I wouldn’t be happy about the beating Cutler took, but I would point out that defensive line is one of the Browns’ few bright spots. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is one of their best players. Sometimes you have to acknowledge some talent on the other side of the line.
I’m sure there are those who would have liked to have seen the Bears beat the Browns the same way they were trounced last week by Cincinnati: Brutally, and with no mercy. But to this point, we’ve seen nothing to suggest the Bears are a complete enough team to do that.
For this weekend, at least, a 24-point victory was enough.