To see where the Chicago Bears are now from where they started the season is incredible.
Or, more accurately, to see where they are now compared to where they were at the end of September.
The team has improved immensely and changed the trajectory of the coaching staff and several players.
It’s been a wild, wild season with plenty of ups and downs. The team finished the season on a five-game home winning streak, which is no small feat in itself.
There is plenty of good to break down from Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons and yes, some bad, too.
Justin Fields, QB - It’s so easy to throw Fields on the list every week, but that’s what this season has been all about and it’s the thing all fans are looking for. Fields played great on Sunday and managed to stay turnover-free. He threw a great TD to DJ Moore and added to his long list of “how did he do that?” escape runs.
DJ Moore, WR - Moore was fantastic Sunday, showing his entire arsenal of what makes him great. He made tight contested catches, he broke tackles on short catches for big gains, he got open downfield and he toe-tapped for a great corner endzone TD. He now has a new career-high in receiving yards with 1,300 and touchdowns with eight and is just two catches shy of breaking his career-high in receptions.
Tyrique Stevenson, CB - The rookie did it again! Two interceptions and four pass breakups. Stevenson has enjoyed an overall strong rookie campaign but is really starting to turn it on down the stretch. He has four interceptions over his last five games and eight passes defended since the bye week.
Honorable mention- Gervon Dexter, DT - 1.5 sacks from the rookie and he’s coming on strong to finish the season definitely earns an HM from me.
Nate Davis, G - Davis didn’t have his best game. He gave up the pressure on Fields’ big sack-breaking run in the third quarter and looked to me to give up a couple of other pressures.
Tremaine Edmunds, LB - I’m probably being a little tough here, but when the team is winning by 20 points, you have to nit-pick for the down column. Edmunds was just fine on Sunday, nothing special. He got blocked out of Tyler Allgier’s big touchdown catch and couldn’t make a play on Taylor Heinicke’s scramble touchdown later in the game. I expect better from the highest-paid linebacker.
Tyler Scott, WR - Scott came in and generated a decent amount of excitement for a mid-round pick and then built on it with a good showing during training camp. Now, down the stretch, when rookies should start blossoming, Scott really isn’t showing up much. And that’s with this team looking for another WR to step up behind Moore and Darnell Mooney injured. His inability to catch a great throw from Fields in the endzone was another bummer.
Who is on your list? Who is stepping up as the season winds to a close?