When an offense like the Bears puts on a show and scores 48 points, there are going to be more than a few standout performers. Mitchell Trubisky is naturally the lead headliner as the quarterback. But it was thanks to the efforts of Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel lighting up the Buccaneers this past Sunday that Trubisky was able to enjoy such a stellar day where he threw for six touchdowns.
As the duo combined for over 280 offensive yards on 28 combined touches and three scores, both the electric Cohen and Gabriel were named to the Pro Football Focus Week 4 Team of the Week.
Ironically, as a running back, it was through Cohen’s receiving ability where he picked up 121 yards on a very efficient 15 snaps as a receiver. If that’s production he can keep going, this Bears offense will only continue to rise. Meanwhile for Gabriel, in the midst of having his first career 100-yard receiving day, the 5-foot-8 wideout continually made plays downfield. Gabriel caught two passes deep for 63 yards as Tampa Bay had no answer for his output.
If the Bears can this dynamic combination going consistently well, then there’s no telling how well Trubisky and company perform in the future.
Not to be outdone or sound like a broken record in comparison to the Bears’ first great offense afternoon, but Khalil Mack also featured as Week 4’s highest-graded edge defender. Getting a strip sack in four consecutive weeks will do that.
Ho-hum for the NFC Defensive Player of the Month, am I right?
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