In my 13 years as a Bears fan, this was probably the most “mixed bag”-y game I’ve ever seen the Bears play.
On one hand, the offensive line looked like a new unit in both the run game and the pass game while newcomer Jaylon Johnson balled out in pass coverage, eventually creating the key interception that led to the Bears’ first Week 1 win since 2013. The running game averaged an impressive 5.3 yards per carry and the offense blitzed out 21 points when needed in an utterly wild 4th quarter flurry led by none other than QB Mitch Trubisky (with help from Anthony Miller).
On the other hand, the Bears’ pass rush failed to materialize without Robert Quinn and, despite an incredible 4th quarter comeback, both Mitchell Trubisky and the offense failed to gain yardage through the air for the game’s first 50 minutes. Add in a few drops, mistimed jumps (looking at you Jimmy Graham), and a few poor ILB reps in coverage, and not everything from this game was as positive as the win might make it seem. Like I said, it’s a mixed bag.
Thankfully WCG is full of extraordinary Bears’ analysts like our own Aaron Leming that are willing to help me sort through it all, and on this episode of Bear With Me we do just that — we talk through the good and the bad from a wild Week 1 game that ended in a big Bears’ win. Check out the show below and let me know what you think!
What do YOU think? What’s your take from today’s game?
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