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4 Takeaways from Bears-Lions: Special Teams Must Improve

The Chicago Bears took down the Detriot Lions on Sunday. Here are four takeaways.

The Chicago Bears took care of business on Sunday afternoon against the Detriot Lions. It was a game the Bears needed to win if they were going to be viewed as a playoff contender. They did just that in an impressive 34-22 victory against a division opponent.

Here are four takeaways from Sunday’s game.

Mitch Trubisky Shines 

Second-year QB Mitch Trubisky had his second breakout game of the 2018 season. He threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns. Oh yeah, he also scored a rushing touchdown as well. The kid is starting to figure it out.

That was obvious against the Lions. Trubisky looked calm on the field, frequently taking his time to read the defense and even audible out of plays at times. This is something that shows us progression.

For Trubisky, the hope is he can keep this up against tougher opponents. Like the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football.

Having Allen Robinson back and healthy was also huge for the Bears’ offense. Teams have no choice, but to respect Robinson on the outside. If they don’t, then what happened today will continue.

Robinson caught two touchdowns and had 133 yards receiving.

Mack Attack 

It was great to see Khalil Mack out on the field again on Sunday. He looked good, scary good actually.

The important part is Mack played the entire game and seemed to have no problem with that ankle he sprained against the Dolphins. He makes everyone around him better. Having a good pass rush also helps out the secondary as well.

Slot cornerback Bryce Callahan had himself another big game. He came up with an interception. General manager Ryan Pace should already be working on his next contract. He deserves an extension more than anyone right now.

As for the rest of the secondary, they were also very good. The only member of the secondary I worry about is Adrian Amos. He just lacks the ability to create turnovers, which is concerning at times.

Special Teams Blunders 

#BearsSpecialTeams has been a hashtag on Twitter for far too long now. You can’t blame people though after your kicker misses two extra points and two field goals. Look, the Bears aren’t paying Cody Parkey way too much money to miss kicks.

That’s not the point though.

The point is A) Parkey doesn’t even kick at Soldier Field during the week and B) he’s a professional and has to start producing. I like that the Bears are sticking by him and I hope he figures it out, but the kicking game will be something to keep an eye on moving forward.

Moving on to the other negatives from special teams it was the Bears making silly mistakes. Like when rookie WR Anthony Miller punched the ball out of bounds on the Lions’ first onside kick attempt.

On the second Lions’ onside kick attempt, the Bears just failed to locate and recover the ball. These are things that need to be worked on. Unfortunately, I feel like I’m saying this every week. Either way, special teams needs to be cleaned up in a big way.

Running Game

Coming into Sunday’s game we knew the Lions’ run defense was one of the worst in the NFL. Yet, the Bears struggled in that department all game. We also saw more Tarik Cohen than Jordan Howard against the Lions, which shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Cohen’s matchup against the Lions’ LBs was too good for him not be heavily involved in the game plan.

Again, Howard’s usage is going to greatly depend on game flow for the rest of the season.

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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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