Monday’s game was a lot like last week’s game for the Chicago Bears. Early in the game the offense looked great, but once they got off script they struggled at times. Head coach Matt Nagy is still trying to find a comfort zone as a play caller with his new team, and that will take time. The touchdown drive in the second half was very promising, and I tweeted last night that I thought it was Nagy’s best drive as a play caller. The new offense will take time to gel, but it’s a good thing for him that his defense is damn good. They wore down in the second half, but until the offense eventually finds it’s way with a few more sustained drives that will continue.
One thing we have to keep in mind is that this is only game two of the new offense. We all expected that it would take some time to click, but we’re so hungry for a winner that we get impatient.
Two more things to keep in mind. The Bears have covered the spread two weeks in a row, so they’re doing better than Vegas thinks, and even though the Bears lost last week, some national pundits moved them up in the power rankings.
Let’s see how they fared after a win this week...
NFL.com had the Bears up two spots, to 14th.
There’s no other way to put this: The Bears need progression from their young quarterback if they are to seriously contend. While Mitch Trubisky delivered a few nice plays in the 24-17 win over Seattle, including a pretty touchdown pass on the move, he takes unnecessary risks (like the throw into double coverage on Chicago’s last possession of the first half), then tightens up late (at Packers, and somewhat on Monday night). He was majorly off on the first-down throw that immediately followed Russell Wilson’s scoring toss to Tyler Lockett. A false start later, and Chicago was looking at a second-and-15. This Trubisky-filtered offense isn’t built for second- or third-and-longs. The Bears’ defense sure is built to cause them, though. #MonstersoftheMidwayagain.
13 - That defense will give the offense and Mitch Trubisky time to grow.
ESPN dropped the Bears down two, to 23.
The Bears’ playmaking defense already has scored two touchdowns. Chicago’s D had three defensive scores all of last season.
Here’s how the USA Today has it.
15. Bears (18): Offense hasn’t coalesced under Matt Nagy yet, but Khalil Mack-led defense will apparently provide plenty of margin for error.
Yahoo Sports has the Bears holding firm.
18. Chicago Bears (1-1, LW: 18)
We have to remember that Mitchell Trubisky is still incredibly early in his development. Last season, with a terrible coaching staff, almost shouldn’t count. That said, Trubisky’s lack of accuracy on some open throws is troubling. That usually doesn’t get significantly better in the NFL. But again, he’s a very young quarterback. Not every throw he makes is a statement on what he’ll be over his career.
NJ.com has it like this.
20. Chicago Bears (1-1, LW: 21)
This Bears team closed the game on Monday night, showing a lesson was learned during a Week 1 loss to the Packers. There’s real reason to be excited about the potential of this group.
What are your thoughts on the 1-1 Bears?