On Sunday, the Chicago Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak within the NFC North in grand fashion. The 34-22 final score may not appear to have been a blowout, but the box score does not explain the entire story.
The Bears now find themselves at 6-3, with an even division record and a 4-1 conference record, which could all be key for deciding a playoff spot in December. More importantly, they came out and dominated a team that has beat them nine times in their last 10 meetings. Despite the Detroit Lions 3-6 record, this was a big win for the Bears and was one of (at least) five they’ll need in the final half of the season.
The problem with this week? The Bears had so many good performances, that it was hard to narrow it down. So, be aware that there will be not one but two honorable mentions in Week 10’s installment.
QB Mitchell Trubisky
Like I said at the top, this was an outstanding day for a number of players but none more than the Bears second-year quarterback.
Heading into half time, Trubisky had a perfect passer rating and was riding high. Yet, in the second half when things started to bog down, he kept things going and ended up having yet another career game.
On Sunday, Trubisky finished the game 23/30 (75%) with 355 pass yards (career high), three touchdowns and a 148.6 rating. On top of his passing performance, he had three rushes for 18 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Not only was he slinging it all over the field, his accuracy was excellent and his decision making was even better. Because of his performance, the team’s offense boasted a pair of 100-yard receiver for the second time this season.
It’s been an up and down season for Trubisky in some aspects but these are the types of performances that should give fans plenty of hope, regardless of who they were playing. Especially with the amount of criticism the young quarterback has seen over the past few weeks. This was a rewarding performance for anybody that is a fan of Trubisky, including head coach Matt Nagy and his offensive coaching staff.
Honorable Mention: WR Allen Robinson II
Welcome back, Allen Robinson.
The three-year, $42 million investment sat out the past two games, but to the surprise of absolutely nobody, he was back in action as the division slate started to ramp up.
And he came back in a big way.
Robinson’s six catch, 133-yard performance with a pair of touchdowns was the most impressive showing of any Bears’ receiver this season and that’s saying a lot considering the amount of action multiple players have seen through the first nine games.
This is the exact type of impact the Bears had in mind when they signed the 25-year-old to big money back in March. As Trubisky’s comfort continues to grow, he continues to get back weapons. Another could be on the way with tight end Adam Shaheen’s return likely to happen on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.
For what it’s worth, Robinson’s performance wasn’t far ahead of Anthony Miller’s five catches, 122 yards and touchdown showing on the afternoon.
CB Bryce Callahan
Another week and another outstanding performance from the team’s nickel cornerback.
Callahan’s day consisted of five tackles, an interception, a sack, a tackle-for-loss and two defended passes. His sack and interception played big roles early in the game, while the Bears climbed out to a 26-0 lead before halftime.
One of the biggest questions heading into the season was Callahan’s durability and so far, he’s proven to be one of the team’s best defensive players. That is great news for the former undrafted free agent, as he’s just months away from becoming an unrestricted free agent. That is, assuming that general manager Ryan Pace doesn’t find a way to lock him down before he hits the open market.
Regardless, Callahan’s impact on Sunday was a big one and he continues to show why he’s a key member on this unit’s secondary.
Honorable Mention: OLB Khalil Mack
Return of the Mack? More like return of the sack.
Mack, along with Robinson made their returns to the lineup after missing the past two games and much like number 12, his presence was felt early and often on Sunday.
The former Raider finished the game with five tackles, two sacks, two tackles-for-loss and two quarterback hits. As a whole, the Bears defense had six sacks and it was obvious how big of an impact Mack’s presence made on this team’s pass rush.
Sunday’s showing was the second time this season that he has had multiple sacks in one game, bringing his season total to seven in as many games.
Mack has been worth every penny and that may be an understatement. The fact that they were able to get him back for these final eight games could pay huge dividends down the stretch. The call to rest both Mack and Robinson just goes to show how much more advanced this entire training staff is than it was just one year ago.