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The Bears may have stolen their first win, but here a win is a win and we’ll take them every way we can.

Chicago Bears v Denver Broncos Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

In the NFL, where there’s a thin line between winning and losing, and being 11-5 or 8-8, there really can’t be much complaining about a win.

Was Sunday’s game ugly? Yes.

Was the offense still awful? Yes.

Winning on the road is tough to do in the NFL and winning a game you shouldn’t and losing a game you shouldn’t is the difference between making the playoffs and watching them on TV.

This Bears team needed some confidence and it got it by winning one on the road that they probably shouldn’t have.

There were some bright spots, even if the offense is still giving me a lot of heartburn.

Stock up

Eddy Pineiro, K - After months of competition and hand-wringing and wondering and camp reports, we finally had a big moment to actually see what the kid’s made of. And he passed with flying colors. Pineiro once again scored more points by himself than the offense did and none was bigger than the game winner.

Kyle Fuller, CB - Fuller was showing his All-Pro game yesterday, logging one pass defensed and a big interception. He also was a big reason why Courtland Sutton was held to just four catches and 40 yards.

Eddie Jackson, S - Not that anyone forgot about him, but Jackson was in top form yesterday. He notched two pass deflections and 10 tackles.

Stock down

Mitchell Trubisky, QB - It’s time to put up or shut up. No more of this only being clutch in the last two minutes of games. No more excuses. He needs to be better through all four quarters of a game.

Anthony Miller, WR - What is going on with the second year wideout? Through two games he has just one catch for two yards. He was supposed to be a bigger part of this offense in year two. Where is the guy we heard about all offseason?

Tarik Cohen, RB - Last week was maybe about usage and I know his QB hasn’t been sharp but now we’ve seen three passes hit his hands and then the turf. He had five targets but just two catches against the Broncos. He also scrambled around and ended up losing nine yards.

Who did I miss? Who needs to improve the most other than Trubisky?