It might confuse some of you that the Chicago Bears offense looked better than defense today. These are people who do not follow astrology and who do not know that Mercury has been retrograde since September 27. Just take the points and the win and enjoy it.
Hello David Montgomery
The Bears RB franchise continues to impress after its off-season upgrades. He’s constantly turning up potential losing yardage plays and breaking a tackle or three to churn the butter in yards and I love to see that happen.
Update: Montgomery grabbed the back of his leg and walked off the court in pain after a run in the 4th quarter. This is very bad news. See you soon, D-Mont !!
The Bears scored more points in their first practice than in their last game
And let’s not even talk about the passing yardage ratio.
Khyiris Tonga is a fierce grizzly
Even with the return of Eddie Goldman, Tonga took a lot of snapshots and watched the play. The Bear would give Otis a run for his money if he was allowed to compete in this week’s Big Bear Week competition. Some will be mad at him ravaging TJ Hockenson over Deon Bush’s bizarrely uncounted interception, but bears will be bears and this bear knows how to crush.
Back to back Bear to go
After Deon Bush was robbed of an interception on a beautifully knocked down ball by Jaylon Johnson, Jared Goff had a sharp rebound from his shoulder that would make Mike Glennon proud, and he bounced into the greedy paws of Bilal Nichols. This man could well break the Bears franchise records for defensive line interceptions by the time he’s finished here.
Update: The box score officially counted Nichols’ turnover as a fumble recovery, which, in retrospect, makes sense. He’s going to have a hard time making up for Richard Dent’s 8 career interceptions at this rate. Also, RICHARD DENT HAD 8 INTERCEPTIONS.
Stop slapping Lions on the head, Khalil
I know it’s fun. I know they deserve the condescending feeling of the gesture. But when you do it at the quarterback, it’s a 15-yard penalty, and I’m not sure it’s worth it. Although they still got zero points in this half. Okay, you can do that at the Detroit Lions, but not at any real competition.
Moon Bear starts to look like the Bears # 1 receiver
This is obviously both good and bad. I’m going to choose to assume that Allen Robinson gets extra attention and Mooney runs away with the opportunity. It’s of course nice to see George McCaskey’s favorite player rewarding his faith in him. I can’t remember the last time I saw a receiver do a first try on a jet sweep. Good Bear.
Duke Shelley made a downline play!
The proverbial weakest link in the Bears defense made a nice pass break down on the third and 2 in cover on TJ Hockenson, keeping the shutout alive in the 3rd quarter. It may be that with more and more experience under his belt he will become a solid starter. It’s certainly a good game for him to get glorified training reps against a lousy Lions team.
We finally got the chance to see Fields’ deep precision
And damn it looked good. Honestly, I might be more impressed with Fields’ ability to come out and play after last week’s performance than if it had been his first start. The deep connection between Fields and Mooney is going to be something we will enjoy for years to come.
Field jamming works best when not chased by Myles Garrett
I’m not sure if there’s anyone in the NFL who has both the burst and the power to abuse the lineman immediately after the snap, combined with the speed to chase Justin Fields next to Myles Garret . It was a rough start, but watching Lions defenders chasing Justin is more indicative of what we’ll see in most clashes.
So who was call the pieces for the Bears offensive?
The world might never know. Besides, it was certainly Bill Lazor. Pew pew pew.
Deon Bush had several good games
In the absence of Tashaun Gipson. The bear had better watch itself. If it starts to ignite, I’m going to have to start making jokes about the burning bush, which would no doubt offend some of our more religious readers, but I find it too hard to resist the games of words. My heart is in the right place promised. So keep it a secret, Deon. For the good of all of us.
Update: Bush totally broke his cover and gave Khalif Raymond a touchdown. Little risk of it catching fire for the moment.
Trevis Gipson was made one day
If you were asking yourself “who is 99 years old”? First of all, shame on you for not knowing the entire Bears list. Second, you are not alone. Gipson spent the afternoon in the backfield, racking up a sack, several tackles for loss and a QB hit. The Bears were counting on him to develop as a rotating rusher and possibly as a starting advantage. It looks like he may well exceed those expectations.
Justin Field: elite fumble collector
Cam Newton might be his favorite athlete, but you want to see Fields hesitate to pounce on a dropped ball. This bear is popping up out of nowhere under his mistakes and one day it will lead to a crucial shutdown in a big time.
Lions take a hard look at their trap play identity
It seems their overall strategy is to get big quickly and look like a bad team, and then start coming back when the other team starts to get too comfortable. And it came way too close to working against the Bears for my taste.
The Bears cleared a sack today. Did the Lions help by being Lions and Lioning in their pass race. Sure. But the Bears line played better and the game plan helped Fields a lot more than last week.
Justin Fields looked good. The Bears offense looked defensive. The Lions didn’t embarrass themselves as much as I had hoped, but I’m going to take the win anyway.
To clarify, I don’t think all is well with the Bears. But I will celebrate today and worry about the future later.