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Bears Matchup Flashback: Bears Look Like World-Beaters Against Bengals in 2017

The 2021 Chicago Bears need a repeat performance of the last time they played the Bengals. Which occurred in 2017.

Photo: Chicago Tribune

This Sunday the Chicago Bears take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. This game will be the home opener for the Bears. In fact, it will be another game on the revenge tour for some of the new members of the organization. Quarterback Andy Dalton and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor are both ex-Bengals who will look to triumph over their old team.

The Bears head into this matchup with an 0-1 record after a disappointing loss to the Rams in Week 1. Whereas, the Bengals come into this battle at 1-0 after staving off the Vikings in overtime at home.

History

The Bears and Bengals don’t have a long-standing history against one another. These two franchises have squared off against one another less than a dozen times. Actually, on Sunday, it will be the twelfth. Currently, the all-time record is 6-5-0 with Cincinnati possessing the slight advantage over Chicago. Come Sunday, Matt Nagy and his squad will look to even the score. Hopefully, the Bears can have the same success this week as they did the last time the faced the Bengals.

Previous Meeting

It was Week 14 of the 2017 campaign. The Bears carried mediocre 3-9 record. While the Bengals weren’t doing to hot themselves at 5-7. On Sunday, December 10, 2017 the Bears made the trip over to Cincinnati and took on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. At the time, now Bears starting QB, Andy Dalton was the lead signal caller for the Bengals. Likewise, current Bears OC, Bill Lazor was calling the plays for Dalton and the Bengals offense. Meanwhile, Chicago had rookie QB Mitch Trubisky and OC Dowell Loggains.

First Half: First Quarter

For the Bears, the game couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Following a six play, 11 yard drive that spanned 2:54, the Bengals punted the ball away. Now with the ball in their hands the Bears went to work. A quick four play, fifty-one yard drive netted the team a touchdown. In fact, Jordan Howard broke a 21-yard run to find pay dirt. However, then place-kicker and ex-Bengal, Mike Nugent missed the extra point attempt.

Soon after, both teams exchanged punts after coming up empty on their offensive drives. The Bengals went three-and-out and gained only nine yards on their drive. While the Bears picked just up 11 yards on six plays on theirs. However, Cincinnati then grabbed a brief lead over Chicago.

Following the punts, the Bengals marched 72 yards on seven plays and capped it off with a 14-yard TD pass from Dalton to Brandon LaFell. After Randy Bullock drilled the extra point kick, the Bengals led 7-6 and unfortunately—for them—those were the last points they scored the rest of the game.

Correspondingly, Chicago retaliated to Cincinnati’s scoring drive with one of their own. The Bears marched all the way down the field and seemingly had a 15-yard TD pass from Trubisky to Tarik Cohen. However, a penalty wiped the score off the board and set the Bears back ten yards. Nevertheless, a few plays later Mike Nugent hit a 34-yard field goal and gave the lead right back to the Bears. The drive spanned 10 plays and seventy-four yards and took up just over four and a half minutes.

First Half: Second Quarter

After another pathetic offensive drive that yield nothing, the Bengals punted and Chicago took over. A 81-yard, fifteen play drive that lasted a tick over eight minutes netted the Bears another FG. Now, leading 12-7 the Bears defense stifled the Bengals offense yet again. Which resulted in another three-and-out. Shortly after the Bears regained possession of the ball and took the game into halftime.

Second Half: Third Quarter

Following the intermission, the Bears and Bengals would exchange punts. However, on the Bears’ second possession of the second half, they drove down the field and scored a touchdown on Trubisky’s four yard rush. The entire scoring drive lasted 5:15 and saw the Bears go 76 yards on nine plays. Bears sported a 19-7 lead at that time. After the ensuing kick-off, the Bengals offense would last only three plays before Dalton’s pass was picked off by Eddie Jackson. Chicago took over on offense and proceeded to go 43 yards on seven plays and log another score. This time, Trubisky found with Adam Shaheen in the end zone for a 2-yard TD. The Chicago lead now stood at 26-7.

Second Half: Fourth Quarter

As the Bengals came back out on offense and started to move the ball it abruptly came to an end. After plays and 53 yards, Eddie Jackson stripped the ball from A.J Green and brought the Bears offense on to the field. Once again, the Bears went down the length of the field and dropped another TD on the Bengals defense. Seven plays and 72 yards yards later, Jordan Howard took it in for an 8 yard score. Thus capping the 8 play, eighty yard drive and a big day by the Bears offense. The Bears had a substantial 33-7 lead over the Bengals.

Now, the final few series and the game played out as such:

  • Bengals turnover on downs (9 plays, 39 yards)
  • Bears punt (3 plays, 5 yards)
  • Bengals turnover on downs (8 plays, 36 yards)
  • Bears turnover on downs (4 plays, 4 yards)
  • Bengals/end of game (1 play, 2 yards)

Aftermath

The Bears drubbed the Bengals by the score of 33-7. This was probably the most complete game played by the team all season as all three phases performed well. Trubisky posted a stat line of: 25-32, 271 yards (8.5 avg), 1 TD, 0 INT with a 112.4 QB Rating. While adding a rushing TD. However, Jordan Howard had himself a day as well. 23 carries, 147 yards (6.4 avg), 2 TDs. Meanwhile, Tarik Cohen added 80 yards on 12 carries (6.7 avg). Although, wide receiver Kendall Wright had a monster day for his standards. He contributed to the offensive onslaught by catching 10 passes for 107 yards. The defense produced two takeaways as well.

Finally, after this game, the Bears would drop two of their final three games and finish the season 5-11. Meanwhile, the Bengals would score two victories in their final three games and wrap up their 2017 campaign at 7-9.

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