The Chicago Bears defense poached five turnovers away from the Pittsburgh Steelers, two leading directly to touchdowns, and rumbled to a 40-23 win at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
After the Bears catapulted to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, safety Major Wright intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers responded with a touchdown of their own, a 33-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown, to go into halftime down 24-10.
The Bears defense never let up, and in the fourth quarter, linebacker Julius Peppers picked up a loose ball and brought the fumble back 42 yards for a touchdown, staking the Bears to a 40-23 lead with under four minutes remaining in the game.
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown. Bears running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush each scored a rushing touchdown. Forte finished the game with 87 yards on 16 carries and caught 4 passes for 24 yards receiving.
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was a bright spot in the game, hauling in 9 receptions for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 196 yards receiving was a career-high for Brown, his previous high being 151 yards.
The Bears (3-0) will look to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The Steelers (0-3) will attempt to reverse their fortunes against the Minnesota Vikings.