The offense showed up against a bad defense, but it really wasn’t that satisfying, was it?
They had one really good quarter plus one good drive that ended with a turnover. For a fanbase looking for big answers, it wasn’t that. But that’s not to say that there are no positives or that it won’t get better.
The problem is though, this season isn’t like last, where an easier schedule allowed for a little more time for the offense to get better. The Bears have a schedule full of good teams and their division appears to be much better too, and that continues Sunday when the Vikings come to town.
But this isn’t about that, it’s about Monday’s game and we’re still celebrating a victory, so let’s look at some good and bad from Washington.
A note before we start: Khalil Mack is not this list not as an oversight, but because I don’t think his stock can get higher. It’s already sky-high. We all know and love how good he is.
Danny Trevathan, ILB - Trevathan is a forgotten man these days, with Roquan Smith’s arrival and Khalil Mack taking away some of his shine. But even as he approaches 30, Trevathan is still showing he shouldn’t be overlooked. He was second on the team with eight tackles, a pass defensed, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, a sack and a forced fumble. Quite the stat line.
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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S - Clinton-Dix hasn’t been bad but he also hasn’t made a ton of flashy plays through two games. It was fine, which is what a lot of fans thought when he was signed to replace Adrian Amos: he’s fine. Not spectacular, but fine, like Amos was. But Clinton-Dix had himself a night against one of his former teams. He had two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, a team-leading nine tackles and two passes defensed. It was his first two-interception game since he picked off Matt Barkley twice in Week 15 of 2016, against the Bears.
Taylor Gabriel, WR - The Bears needed a WR other than Allen Robinson II to step in and finally, Taylor Gabriel did. Obviously his big highlight was his third touchdown catch, an athletic toe-tapping grab in the endzone. He had six catches for 75 yards and the three scores.
Tarik Cohen, RB - Cohen hasn’t really made a huge impact this season. He’s averaging two yards per carry and his catch rate has dropped from 78 percent last year to 63 percent this year. Maybe it’s game planning, maybe it’s opposing defenses focusing on him, but he hasn’t had the same impact as in past years to this point.
James Daniels, C - Daniels’ transition to center has not gone swimmingly. He’s had some flashes but he’s also had some ugly moments and whiffs, as well as penalties. He’s still a young player and I think he’ll get better, but this wasn’t a great game for him.
Kyle Long, G - Kyle also had a rough game Monday. He had an illegal use of hands penalty, which was declined, but also had a couple other lapses. He may finally be healthy but he’s not looking like the player that endeared himself to Bears fans years ago.
Who did I miss? Who stood out to you and who disappointed you?