Bears coach Lovie Smith said he was pleased with the steady progression of his offense after a 27-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
"We knew the reasons why," Smith said of some of the issues. "A lot of different guys playing. There were things going on. But we stayed the course. Each week, we have identified problems, and we've tried to fix them."
One of the big fixes was getting some continuity on the offensive line, which started the same five players for a second consecutive game. The offense also converted 11 of 19 on third down.
"It's not like they were third and shorts," he said. "Converting those really kept drives going, and allowed us to get some points on the board."
The Bears have a short week, heading to Miami on Wednesday to play the Dolphins Thursday night in a game that will be televised on the NFL Network.
Other highlights from Smith's press conference today:
* Smith on the turnover ratio: "One stat that's pretty important is the turnover ratio, and we were plus two again. Normally, you have a pretty good chance of winning, once that happens. We're pleased with that."
* Smith on the 11 penalties: "We haven't had a lot of penalties. Yesterday for some reason, we had entirely too many. We need to clean that up."
* Smith on Devin Hester: "Devin has it going right now, and guys are doing a great job blocking for him. He's a threat, and teams are treating him that way."
* Smith also said his team is fairly healthy.