Or so it seemed for 60 minutes Monday night in Foxborough, MA. The bears dominated and outperformed the New England Patriots in all four aspects of the game including coaching. They looked like a team showing its potential in full force in all four quarters of the game for the first time this year. While we may have seen this 53-man roster perform at what many would assume would be its ceiling for the year there are signs of good things in the future.
The Bears were led to a 33-14 victory largely by its young, drafted talent vs. that of the players brought in on short term deals who won’t remain in the long-term picture. The bulk of the splash plays in this game were brought by players the bears drafted, a majority of which are still on their rookie contracts. Rookie defensive backs Kyler Gordon and Jaquan Brisker both had very timely interceptions, off Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. Second year player Khalil Herbert found the endzone on a brilliant screen pass from Justin Fields. David Montgomery and Roquan Smith, both in the final year of their rookie contracts found large ways to impact the game. Roquan with a crucial third down sack, and an interception. David Montgomery scored on a 1 yard run with 12:17 remaining in the 4th quarter which felt like the knockout blow to the Patriots. This is very important to see the growth and development of young players who will be building blocks for the future. Justin fields passing stats may not jump off the paper to someone simply looking at the box score, but he played by far his best game of the season. His passing stats ended at 13/21 179 yds 1TD 1INT and a QBR of 85.2. What was more impressive is what he did with his legs rushing 14 times for 82 yards and 1TD.
We all had a heart racing moment after a nearly flawless first quarter when the bears let up two touchdowns to the Patriots, with the score being 10-14. Those "here we go again" feelings started to slither in. Give credit where credit is due, to the resiliency of this bears team and coaching staff. Going into the mini bye the bears staff said they were looking at each player individually as well as the scheme of all three phases. Luke Getsy called a great game offensively, mainly incorporating designed QB runs, something fans have been waiting a year and a half to see. Getsy coached the offense to his players strengths; something bears fans haven’t seen from previous coaching regimes.
There were however multiple areas that still showed through a dominating performance, in terms of both mental mistakes and areas of poor play. The defense had what looked to be a blown coverage on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Zappe to Meyers. On the second score the defense lost edge contain and allowed a walk-in touchdown. This has continually been a problem for the defense near the goal line this year. The offensive line played better than past games, giving fields more time in the pocket, and limiting hits on the QB. Larry Borom struggled all game in pass protection at RT. I would have liked to see more running back chips, or tight end help to slow down Judon. Judon was in the backfield on almost every pass play he came off the right edge. Sam Mustipher. That’s all. The Bears tried to make a change on the line that only lasted into the second drive and Mustipher replaced the injured Lucas Patrick. Mustipher is an absolute liability while on the field and spends more time with his back to the defense watching his quarterback be hit than he does blocking.
Two key historical win records were defended for the bears Monday night. The Bears kept Bill Belichick from passing George Halas in all time wins, a record that will surely be passed in the near future. The Bears also kept their regular season win record intact not giving ground to the Packers, a record many thought would be giving up with a week 2 loss to Green Bay.
Overall, the Bears played a solid football game top to bottom which can be used as building blocks for the reason of the season. With a tough opponent on a short week heading to Dallas we will see if the Bears can continue to build on the success of Monday night.