For the first time since September 29th, Bears fans can finally enjoy a win. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky made strides against one of the worst defenses in the league while the defense still remained sluggish.
Mitchell Trubisky was 16/23, throwing for 173 yards and three TD with a 131.0 QBR. Although the stat line doesn’t jump off the page, the third-year QB still progressed. While the offensive line continues to struggle, Trubisky remained poised in the pocket and delivered strikes all over the field. Two plays that stand out are the touchdowns to Ben Braunecker and Taylor Gabriel.
Not only did he remain calm in the pocket amidst the pressure, but he also made proper reads and check-downs in addition to delivering strikes downfield. With the struggles he has been having this season, there really is not much more we can ask of him.
The defense continues to remain hesitant and conservative. With the Lions playing their back up quarterback, the Bears failed to apply constant pressure on him, which only resulted in two sacks. Khalil Mack continues to remain quiet and fails to get up in the QB’s face. As for the secondary, they played conservatively, sticking mostly with off-man coverage and cover four. Jeff Driskel came in and threw for 269 yards in his debut start for the Lions. This Bears unit is supposed to be a generational defense, but they aren’t playing up to that standard. They need to get back to their roots by applying pressure with different blitz schemes and let the boys in the back man up against opposing receivers.
THE FINISH: A win is a win, and this one was much-needed. The offense, specifically #10, took a giant step forward. They appeared to have a little swagger to their game and it was, for the first time in a while, fun to watch. This defense will get it together. Chuck Pagano and the boys have kept us in many games this year and should be able to return to form. Also, a quick shoutout to the Polish Hammer, Nick Kwiatkoski. He came into the game after a gruesome injury to Danny Trevathan and made an impact, finishing with ten tackles, a sack, and an interception. Club Dub has finally been reopened, but we’re on to the Rams.
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