Sunday night was embarrassing for Chicago Bears fans. The team came out and looked awful. Matt Nagy continues to call a terrible game, the offense couldn’t regularly move the ball, and the defense was beat deep on multiple occasions. In fact, there were only a few bright spots in Sunday night’s game.
However, perhaps the most under-appreciated performance of the night was David Montgomery‘s performance. The third-year back ran for 108 yards and a touchdown in the unfortunate loss for Chicago. He was incredibly physical as well, with 82 of his yards coming after contact. With an offensive line that looked a little overwhelmed at times on Sunday, Montgomery ensured he had their back.
On a Mission
David Montgomery appears to be on a mission this season. The Iowa State product averaged nearly seven yards per carry and eclipsed the 100-yard mark on just 16 attempts. Nagy refuses to put the ball in a single player’s hands more than 20 times, but the team as a whole had 24 attempts outside of Andy Dalton‘s scrambles. Ideally, the Bears run the ball as a team at least 30 times, but Nagy continues to try and be cute with his play-calling. Until that changes, who knows if that mark will be passed.
However, Montgomery’s effort was the bright spot. On one of the first carries of the game, Montgomery ran for 41 yards and looked much faster than he has in the past. Perhaps his late-season success in 2020 is carrying over to the 2021 campaign.
After only exceeding 65 yards rushing twice in the first nine weeks of the 2020 season, Montgomery had a spectacular last six games, rushing for better than 90 yards four times, including a season-high 146 yards against the Vikings in Week 15.
Montgomery’s performance is a positive sign for the Bears moving forward. If this team wants to win any games, especially with Andy Dalton at quarterback over Justin Fields, Montgomery will need more games like Sunday’s opener. He has an opportunity to be the single most important player on the Bears’ offense that doesn’t play quarterback. If “Monty” performs to his potential, then the Bears will have a fighting chance in most games.
The Bears need to go back to the drawing board after learning about their roster on Sunday night. That said, one thing the Bears can be confident about heading into Week Two is the play of their bell cow back. Now, Montgomery just has to keep doing what he did on Sunday and he has a chance to be in the Pro Bowl at season’s end.
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