It wasn’t pretty, but the Chicago Bears were able to get a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. The 24-17 victory was the first for rookie head coach Matt Nagy.
The first victory of the season is important, especially now being 1-1 heading into a very winnable game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the Bears win over the Seahawks.
1. Defense Dominant
Heading into week two, it was known how bad the Seahawks offensive line was. The unit gave up five sacks to the Bears defense in the first half alone. They did bounce back in the second half, only giving up one sack, but overall the Bears defense shut down the Seahawks offense.
Outside of poor coverage by Kyle Fuller on the Tyler Lockett‘s touchdown, Vic Fangio’s unit was solid for four quarters. His unit now leads the entire NFL in sacks with 10 on the year through eight quarters of football. As a team, the Bears had 42 total sacks last season.
Khalil Mack is definitely a fan.
“Oh damn. That’s news to me. That’s—yeah. S**t. Testament to the coverage, rushing coverage, working together. Coach Vic and everybody coaching up everybody–and yeah, it’s a good feeling.”
With the inconsistency of Mitch Trubisky and the rest of the offense, the Bears defense also closed out the game. Prince Amukamara made a perfect play and took a Wilson pass the other way for the dagger on Monday night.
2. Trubisky is going to take time
Once again, second-year quarterback, Mitch Trubisky looked raw. He was inconsistent at times and missed some big throws down the field. He also turned the ball over twice.
Trubisky completed 25-34 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. There were a few positives though. Trubisky did keep his eyes up at all times on Monday, which is something he didn’t do last week against the Packers.
This is fantastic. Trubisky keeps his eyes up even as he steps up until the last possible moment. He was dropping his eyes for most of the second half of last week’s loss. pic.twitter.com/yIGDqKqAKe
— Sean Wagner-McGough (@seanjwagner) September 18, 2018
His footwork was still so-so. Once Trubisky gets that down he will make more big plays down the field. Like last Sunday, Bears fans are left wanting more from a player that was taken second overall in last year’s draft.
Patience is needed during the development of a young QB. Trubisky is not any different.
3. Aaron Lynch
Count me as one of the people who didn’t believe in Aaron Lynch after he missed all of the preseason with an injury. He shut me up after last night with a very solid performance against the Seahawks.
Hell, I would go as far to say Lynch outplayed Leonard Floyd, who probably won’t be able to consistently generate a pass rush until he gets that club off his right hand.
The key for Lynch will be staying healthy. After an inconsistent week one, the 25-year-old was one of the reasons why the Bears defense was so dominant against the Seahawks. Hopefully, that continues against the Cardinals.
4. Jordan Howard Limited Usage
Last night, Howard had 14 carries for just 35 yards. If I’m the Bears, Howard should be getting the ball at least 20 times on the ground. Especially, in short yardage and goal-line situations. That’s where Howard thrives as a back.
The good news is he has continued to evolve as a pass catcher. Through two games, Howard has eight receptions for 58 yards. To put that into perspective, Todd Gurley has six catches for 70 yards.
Either way, the Bears need to find more ways for Howard to get his hands on the football.
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