A win is a win and in the NFL none come easy.
This one couldn’t come at a better time for the Bears, especially coming off such a disastrous loss the week before. Chicago fans were itching to burn the whole thing down but, after a win like that, they only want one guy fired instead of the whole organization bulldozed.
The Lions came at the right time and they were the Lions just enough for the Bears to feel better about themselves, but the rest of October is shaping up to be a gauntlet, so there isn’t much time to enjoy a win over an 0-fer team when there’s winning teams coming up.
Darnell Mooney, WR - I feel like it didn’t even get mentioned that Sunday was Mooney’s first career 100-yard game and he had a career long 64-yard reception. When his quarterback has time to throw and the opportunity to throw deep, we are beginning to see what Mooney is capable of in a functioning offense.
Justin Fields, QB - Ignore the QB rating, Fields was the best quarterback on Soldier Field’s grass Sunday. His athleticism was on display, his accuracy, his deep ball and everything else and yet there is still enough room for improvement that I think we can feel like he’s just scratching the surface.
Alex Ogletree, LB - Ogletree is making a case for keeping his spot even when Danny Trevathan gets healthy and can return in a couple weeks. Ogletree had 10 solo tackles, two assists, a TFL and a pass defensed against Detroit.
Eddie Jackson, S - His name wasn’t mentioned much Sunday for the wrong reasons, which is a bit of an improvement, but with the defense having a good performance and making a lot of plays, it’s a shame that none of them involved Jackson.
Cole Kmet, TE - Each passing week that the tight ends don’t show up on the stat sheet is another indictment. Kmet’s best chance for a play Sunday, one that would’ve made every highlight package and falls down after Fields did an unreal spin move to avoid a sack, rolled to his right and lofted a perfectly catchable ball to Kmet. A tight end is supposed to be a young QB’s best friend, but the Bears’ TEs have been anything but for Fields. Kmet also was responsible for blocking the DE that forced the sack/fumble of Fields.
Marquise Goodwin, WR - It’s always tough to pick a third ‘down’ player in games like this where there weren’t a ton of glaring bad plays on either side of the ball. That said though, Goodwin really hasn’t been a factor through four games now and it’s not like a ton of guys other than Mooney have been showing up big, even Allen Robinson. This passing game, especially Fields, needs reliable pass catchers. Goodwin had zero receptions on two targets and one rush for one yard.
Who made your list? Who did I miss?