It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t stylish. At times, it was downright horrific. Whatever negative aesthetic adjective you’d like to use as a substitute, it would probably suffice. But, for as hideous as it might have been, in the end, the job was done.
The Bears, for all of the lumps they endured (and self-inflicted), are 1-0. A thrilling 17-point fourth quarter comeback on the road has them starting the 2020 season on the right foot. A winning foot. And it seems many of their featured contributors and stars had a sizable part to play in the dramatics.
After a malaise of a start that had many calling for his head, Mitchell Trubisky became the first quarterback to throw three touchdown passes in any quarter this season. Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller both had at least 70 receiving yards, the latter scoring the game-winning touchdown. Fresh off a groin injury that likely would’ve left humans of a normal stature sidelined for months, David Montgomery averaged 4.9 yards a carry. On defense, usual takeaway suspects in Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller, combined to force a crucial late interception that afforded the Bears a puncher’s chance for victory.
When push came to shove, the Bears were doing the shoving. They weren’t particularly polite with their force either.
While they are understandably favored, Chicago’s winning task doesn’t become any easier against the Giants this week. Daniel Jones, a physical beating at the hands of the Steelers not withstanding, appears to have an element of moxie to his game. Saquon Barkley and Darius Slayton are, of course, two of football’s recent great playmakers. All three should be a handful for the Bears’ defense. Meanwhile, Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Dalvin Tomlinson help comprise one of the NFL’s better interior defensive lines. This trio poses a potential offset against a rejuvenated Chicago rushing attack (149 yards in Week 1).
Everything says the Bears should win this week, and they probably will. But they’ll be the first to tell you that anything can happen. It often does.
Windy City Gridiron’s staff picks for Bears-Giants in Week 2 of the 2020 season.
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