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The Bears got off their long division schneid with a big win over Detroit

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The Bears made another step forward in their race to relevance and a possible playoff berth by winning an all-important division game Sunday.

The Bears had not won a game against the NFC North since 2016 and hadn’t beat the Lions in their last three tries.

As the team continues to show progress and show improvement, they once again took care of business and surpassed their 2017 and 2016 win totals.

Which players stood out and which ones had a bad week?

Stock up

Mitchell Trubisky, QB - Was this a breakout game for Trubisky? Simply a statement game? Or just another promising performance from an improving second-year QB? Fans and analysts all have their opinions, but there is no doubting that this was a great performance against a banged up but decent opponent. He completed 76.6 percent of his passes for a career-high 355 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs and no ‘almost picks’ or ‘what were you thinking’ throws.

Bryce Callahan, CB - Each passing week the question for the Bears brass becomes how do we afford Bryce Callahan? The young nickel is coming on strong in a contract year and on a defense with high-priced players such as Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara and Akiem Hicks, how do you fit in the contract for a third CB? There’s little doubt about that position’s importance though. Callahan had a sack, two PDs, a TFL, a QB hit and an interception. Ryan Pace has to work some cap magic for him.

Allen Robinson, WR - If you’ve ever streamed the WCG Sunday Livestream, you’ve heard me say that I thought Robinson was posed for a “breakout” game before his injury. I didn’t quite expect it to come in his return performance, but here it was. Robinson had a season high six catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He made Lions DBs look silly while he did it too:

Stock down

Cody Parkey, K - Yes, he’s back in the dog house. I think he deserves another shot, which seems crazy, but sometimes kickers slump. Perhaps with some more practice in the fickle Chicago weather he can get back on track. Plus, we watch as the Bears hung on to Conner Barth last year when he was way worse (68.8 percent FG to Parkey’s 72.2).

Jordan Howard, RB - Another week, another disappointing running performance. Just a couple weeks from seeming like he was getting back on track, Howard had another dud. I don’t believe it’s all on him, however, I don’t think he magically lost a step or the ability to hit a hole, I think it’s a cohesive thing between the play calls, the defense and the blocking.

Taquan Mizzell, RB - Mizzell didn’t impress me much during the preseason and then he got the call up to the active roster and did...nothing. I get that Benny Cunningham wasn’t the most impressive kick off returner, but he consistently caught the ball. Mizzell had a muff and then averaged just 11.5 yards on the returns. Overall not very impressive.

Which players stood out to you?