Bearing it All: A new page of Hest-ory
Despite a duo of record-breaking performances by Matt Forte and Devin Hester, the postgame revelry from Sunday's 34–29 win over Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers was a subdued affair. It was clear many players walked away feeling as if the team still isn't playing its best.
Julius Peppers, in locker room comments, admitted a need to improve upon issues that were both mental and physical. But it may have been the long pauses after he was repeatedly asked why the defense wasn't performing, and his repeated response that "We have to get better," that said the most about his frustration. There was even a slight agitated twitch in his upper lip before he answered the question "Why did the defense allow Carolina so many yards?"