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Bears Blowout Bills in Buffalo 41-9 Behind Strong Defense

The Chicago Bears dominated the Buffalo Bills on Sunday behind a strong performance from the defense.

The Chicago Bears went into Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills on top of the NFC North. To stay there, they had to take care of business against one of the worst offensive teams in the entire NFL.

For the second week in a row, the Bears were without Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson. The hope is that both players can return next Sunday when division play starts with a home game against Detriot Lions.

To the surprise of many, Kevin White was a healthy scratch Sunday in Buffalo. Last week, it appeared White quit on a few plays, so it makes a little more sense why the Bears would make him inactive against the Bills. The trade deadline has also passed, so the hope of moving the former first-round pick is dead for now.

The Bills started Nathan Peterman at quarterback against a top 10 defense (even without Mack). Obviously, things didn’t go well for the Bills’ offense, but it wasn’t all Peterman’s fault.

Rookie linebacker Roquan Smith flew across the field and knocked the ball out. It was Eddie Jackson who scooped the ball up for a Bears’ defensive touchdown. At that point, it was already 14-0 Bears.

Cornerback Kyler Fuller had his best game as a professional football player on Sunday. He tipped a pass that was picked off by safety Adrian Amos. The Bears offense failed to score, but it didn’t matter because the defense came up big once again.

For the third time in six plays, the Bears defense forced a turnover. It was again Fuller deflecting a pass, this time into the hands of Leonard Floyd, who scored the Bears second defensive touchdown of the second quarter.

Jordan Howard would add his second touchdown of the first half and it was all Bears with a score of 28-0. For the second consecutive week without their best player, the Bears’ defense came to play.

Aaron Lynch and Leonard Floyd were disruptive all afternoon. Floyd had his best game in 2018, by far, which was encouraging to see. The hope is that he can keep that up when Mack returns to the field next week.

The Bears would go on to beat the Bills in a laugher 41-6. The only real negative coming from the offenses’ inconsistent play.

Trubisky was accurate throwing the football early on, making several big third-down throws to keep drives alive. We also saw the inaccurate Trubisky at times against the Bills. Accuracy has been an issue for Trubisky this season and it’s something he will need to continue to work on.

People can criticize all they want, but the Bears got a win on the road Sunday, and that’s all that matters. The next three weeks are going to be tough games against three division opponents. The good news? The Bears will be in first place heading into the stretch.

Other Notes  

-Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan combined for 25 tackles on Sunday. That’s damn impressive and Smith should be a rookie of the year candidate.

-When Allen Robinson comes back, I believe the offense will look a whole lot better and find more of a consistency that has been lacking the last few weeks. Hopefully, Taylor Gabriel is ok and good to go against the Lions.

Bruce Irvin could still help the defense. Right before halftime, Floyd went into the locker room with a minor injury. Depth is something that good teams in the NFL have, and the Bears have depth, but not as much as a team like the Los Angeles Rams.

-At the midway point of the season, the Bears have five wins. They had just five wins all of last season. Let’s enjoy it.

Bear Down!

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Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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