After another poor performance by the offense last week against the Arizona Cardinals, the Chicago Bears turned things around in a big way. Ladies and gentlemen mark this date down in your calendars.
For the first time in his young NFL career, Quarterback Mitch Trubisky showed that he was worth being taken No. 2 overall. Despite a few overthrows, Trubisky was phenomenal on Sunday.
His day started with touchdown passes to tight end Trey Burton and wide receiver Allen Robinson. Trubisky would finish the day one touchdown pass shy of the NFL record on Sunday. He went 19 of 26 for 354 yards and six, yes six touchdowns.
Finally, a signature, breakout game from the kid from Ohio.
This is what Bears fans have been waiting for. After dialing back the offense a bit, it appears head coach Matt Nagy has found the “sweet spot” for his offense. The game plan to use Tarik Cohen on draws and heavily in the passing game also proved to be successful.
No. 29 finished with seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. Taylor Gabriel got his as well. He caught seven passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Everyone on the Bears offense got involved, even Joshua Bellamy, who caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.
If there was any negative about the Bears’ offense against the Bucs, it was the lack of touches for RB Jordan Howard. Still, he had 11 carriers on Sunday. Sometimes game flow is going to dictate a smaller role for Howard. I don’t think he was complaining about the score at halftime.
Sunday was a sneak peek of what the Nagy offense could be, and let me tell you…it’s scary. Especially, considering the dominance of the defense, who was disruptive throughout against “Fitzmagic.”
Khalil Mack again proved that two first-round picks was way too small of a price to part ways with one of the best defensive players of this generation. He recorded one sack, but his presence on the field won’t always show up on the stat sheet. He was responsible for at least two interceptions on Sunday. Oh yeah, and he forced another fumble.
The absence of CB Prince Amukamara didn’t phase the secondary at all. Undrafted rookie out of LSU Kevin Toliver had a solid performance, along with Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, Sherrick McManis, and Eddie Jackson.
The one downside was when Akiem Hicks was thrown out of the game for foolishly pushing an official. Hopefully, Hicks has only a fine coming his way. A suspension would be devastating for the Bears, especially because they have to travel to Miami after their week five bye.
As a defense, the Bears had three interceptions. In 2018 they already have eight. From 2015-2017, the Bears’ defense finished with eight interceptions total.
Remember, adding a player like Mack makes everyone around him better, including a secondary that was missing one of its best players.
Sunday was the first time in a long time there wasn’t frustration watching the Bears play a football game. The Soldier Field crowd was loud from the start. After the game, Nagy again thanked the Bears’ faithful for their support.
Heading into their bye week, the Chicago Bears are 3-1 and in first place in NFC North. Damn it feels good to say that.
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