In spite of Justin Fields having a rough day, the Chicago Bears beat the Houston Texans 23-20, improving their record to 2-1. Injuries, adversity, poor execution, and a little bit of luck really brought the Bears out of a hole they dug themselves in on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears won thanks to defensive heroics and a trustworthy kicker. But no one on this team should feel confident after that showing, aside from the run game that is.
The Bears were able to capitalize on a 29-yard run by Justin Fields which kept their opening drive alive. They drove down and Cairo Santos nailed a 47-yard field goal. The Bears lead 3-0.
Equanimeous St. Brown had a great 41-yard rushing play, the second longest play of his career, and one of the most explosive plays the Bears have completed.
Unfortunately, the Bears didn't make it out of the first quarter in one piece. They lost David Montgomery and Byron Pringle to injuries. In Montgomery's place, Khalil Herbert entered the game and scored a touchdown! The Bears lead the Texans 10-0.
Herbert fought hard for all 11 yards to increase the Bears' lead. But the double-digit lead didn't last for too long. Davis Mills found Jordan Akins for a touchdown, cutting the Bears' lead to three points.
On the Bears' next drive, Justin Fields threw an interception on a badly executed play. But the Texans were unable to capitalize on it.
Eddie Jackson picked off Davis Mills in the endzone, his second interception of the season.
The Bears weren't able to score any points from this turnover and later lost the lead. Dameon Pierce rushed for a one-yard score and the Texans took a 14-10 lead over the Bears.
When Chicago got the ball back, they were able to drive down the field and Cairo Santos nailed his second field goal of the day, a 50-yard beauty. The Texans lead by only one point now.
The Bears had an opportunity to score with under a minute left in the half. But Matt Eberflus oddly chose not to use one of his three remaining timeouts and the clock expired. The Texans led the Bears 14-13 at halftime.
When the Texans got the ball, they were able to drive down and Ka'imi Fairbarin's field goal was successful, Houston led 17-13. On the Bears' next offensive drive, Khalil Herbert took off for a 52-yard run. Herbert finished the drive himself with a one-yard touchdown run, giving the Bears a 20-17 lead.
On the ensuing drive, the Texans successfully ran a fake punt, keeping their drive alive. But in the red zone, the Bears defense held them to a game-tying field goal.
The Bears' next few series of plays were rough. Justin Fields threw a bad interception into double coverage. He took a couple of hard hits, including one that sent him to the medical tent. At one point, Trevor Siemian was warming up on the sideline.
But Fields returned and the Bears' offense continued to struggle. With time dwindling down in the fourth quarter, Roquan Smith stepped up making some of us wonder what hip injury is he really dealing with.
Smith's interception gave the Bears immediate scoring potential. They ran out the clock and Cairo Santos nailed the final field goal of the day, securing a 23-20 victory for the Chicago Bears as time expired.
The Bears had 281 rushing yards, which is the most since September of 1984 when they rushed for 283 yards against the Dallas Cowboys.
However, the passing game was atrocious. Justin Fields finished the day completing eight of his 17 throws for a mere 106 yards and two interceptions. Khalil Herbert had himself a day rushing for 157 yards and two scores.
Chicago Bears Receiving Leaders
- Cole Kmet: Two catches, 40 yards
- Darnell Mooney: Two catches, 23 yards
- Equanimeous St. Brown: One catch, 20 yards
- Khalil Herbert: Two catches, 12 yards
- Byron Pringle: One catch, 11 yards
The Bears could not get their offense to work through the air on Sunday and something drastic needs to happen. If the Bears lose David Montgomery or Byron Pringle for a significant period of time, they may need to add players sooner rather than later.
The Bears will try to start a winning streak when they travel to New York next Sunday to take on Daniel Jones and the Giants.