1. With Matt Forte running well, the Bears don’t need Jay Cutler to be great to win. Cutler’s 60.2 rating is his lowest in a victory in his three seasons. His average rating in wins is 99.3.
2. Matt Forte insists he’s the same runner today that he was in his first three years. But if he made moves like he did against the Bucs yesterday, I missed them. His escapability and his ability to hit the hole quickly seem much improved.
3. Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig rode an exercise bike on the Bucs’ sideline during the National Anthem. He was injured on the Bucs’ 11th play of the game.
4. The Bears will be healthier — significantly so — when they return from the bye week with likely additions of offensive tackle Gabe Carimi and wide receiver Earl Bennett for the Eagles in Philly on Monday Night Football on Nov. 7.
5. You know Cutler is looking forward to having them both back. Carimi was the Bears’ first or second-best linemen until he was injured in Week 2 at New Orleans. And Cutler’s connection with Bennett is painfully obvious.
6. Don’t look now, but Cutler appears to be gaining confidence in Roy Williams, who has eight receptions for 109 yards in the past two games. Williams’ comment that ‘‘Jay believed in me and trusted me’’ on his 25-yard TD after his earlier drop speaks volu
7. Anybody still have that Lions game on Nov. 13 at Soldier Field still pegged as a loss? The Lions are still dangerous, but they’re not the Packers. Even the Packers weren’t the Packers on Sunday.
8. Devin Hester had a tough day, averaging 6.6 yards on five punt returns and one kickoff return for 14 yards. Hester has had kick return TDs in back-to-back gams only once in his career — vs. the Vikings and Rams as a rookie in 2006.
9. The Bears-Bucs game drew 76,981 fans to 82,000-seat Wembley Stadium. But the NFL’s public hope to put a team there is a pipe dream. The NFL game is hardly even a novelty in London and got buried in the papers during the week.
10. If anything, the opposite effect was greater — exposing the Bears, fans and others who made the trip to one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Punter Adam Podlesh, for one, said he plans to take his fiancé back to London when he gets the chance.