On Sunday night, a new era of Chicago Bears football started against the Green Bay Packers. With an entire new coaching staff, including rookie head coach Matt Nagy. Along with players like Trey Burton, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Roquan Smith, and Kahlil Mack.
Yes, a new era of Bears football began on Sunday night. For the Bears, a quick start was important, especially on the road. Luckily for them, that’s exactly what happened.
After the Bears defense forced a three and out, the Bears offense showed more than they had in the entire preseason. There was misdirection, there were offensive linemen flanked out wide and more importantly, there was a new look Bears offense moving the football downfield.
The drive ended with a Mitch Trubisky touchdown after he faked out and spun linebacker Clay Mathews around. It was something new for Bears fans to see an offense be so creative. Almost like breathing the fresh air of spring after long winter.
Again, the Bears defense got the best of Rodgers and the Packer offense. Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd were fast off the line. Hicks was able to draw a holding penalty on third down that erased a big 43-yard gain. It was Bears football once again, and Allen Robinson made an appearance in a big way.
Robinson made two big catches on the Bears second drive, including one on a jump ball that let the rest of the NFL know he was back and healthy. The Bears missed a golden opportunity on that very same drive when Trubisky overthrew Robinson in the back of the end zone.
After making it 10-0, the defense did its job once again. Defensive Vic Fangio appeared to use Floyd as a spy of some sort in coverage. He hustled and made a tackle on WR Randall Cobb to send the Packers offense to the bench once again.
On the Packers next drive, Rodgers was sacked on third down and came up limping. Lambeau Field was silent as their leader gingerly made his way to the medical tent. As for the Bears, Dion Sims did some interesting things on the team’s next drive.
After letting the ball hit him directly in the chest, Sims cut in, instead of out on a play that would have given the Bears a first down. Instead of punting, the Bears decided to go for it on fourth and four. The play backfired after Trubisky ran into his own man Bobby Massie in a Mark Sanchez “butt fumble” type play.
DeShone Kizer came into the game for the Packers, as Rodgers left the field on a cart. It was actually a promising start for Kizer before Mack made his first big play in a Bears uniform. The former defensive player of the year got to Kizer, hit him and stripped the ball away from him all on one play.
It was Bears football once again.
For whatever reason, momentum seemed to be shifting away from the Bears offense. It was another sloppy drive for Nagy’s unit. To cap off a tremendous first half, Khalil Mack made his presence known once again.
This time Mack picked off Kizer on what was a designed screen pass. Mack had the awareness to get into the end zone as well to make it a 17-0 game heading it into halftime.
No one and I mean no one expected Mack to have this kind of impact in his first game. Sure, people expected a sack or two, but nothing like what happened in the first half on Sunday night. The Packers and their fans were stunned.
To the surprise of many, Rodgers ran out on the field and was playing catch before the start of the second half. That didn’t stop the Bears on offense though. For the first time since the first quarter, Trubisky and company were able to get things going.
Once again the drive stalled on third down. Cody Parkey nailed his second field goal of the night and it was a 20-0 ballgame.
In a crazy turn of events, Rodgers made his return to the field after being carted off a half earlier. Like he usually does, Rodgers led his team down into the red zone. The Packers had to settle for a field goal, but the offense obviously looked a lot better with No. 12 running the show.
On the very next drive, Rodgers was doing much of the same. Marching the Packers offense up and downfield. The culmination was a 39-yard touchdown catch by Geronimo Allison. It was a 20-10 ballgame.
The same playcalling issues that Nagy had against the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs last year seemed to be creeping back into his mind. The Bears went three out again after three consecutive conservative play calls.
For the third drive in a row, the Packers came up with points. DeVante Adams scored to make it a three-point game. It was a feeling Bears fans knew all too well. The game was coming down to the Bears defense and Rodgers, which never ends well for the team from Chicago.
On the biggest third down of the game, Trubisky felt the rush, rolled right and found an open Anthony Miller for a first down. Two plays later it was Jordan Howard running down the left sideline for a big gain while staying in bounce, or so we thought. Mike McCarthy challenged that Howard was out of bounce on the play.
Down by six, Rodgers and the Packers had a chance. After leading 20-0 at the half, the Bears trailed the Green Bay Packers after a 75-yard touchdown by Randall Cobb.
It was up to Trubsky and the offense to make things happen. Clay Matthews bailed out the Bears on fourth down when a late hit gave them a first down. Again though, the game came down to a fourth down, and this time, the Bears weren’t so lucky. Trubisky was sacked – just like that in a game where they had a 20 point lead…the Bears lost.
Nothing major to report as of now.
Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks.
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