Chicago Bears Stun Steelers in OT win: Stock Up-Stock Down

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Mike Glennon
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Mike Glennon /

A week 3 shocker as the Chicago Bears pull off the upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers trailed much of the game only to fall in overtime as the Bears ran the ball with ease.

Let’s take a look at the Stock Up/Stock down for the Chicago Bears, who pulled off a stunning 23-17 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stock Up

  1. RB Tarik Cohen

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One week after making a big-time rookie mistake on a muffed punt, Cohen returned to not only redeem himself but to make the play of the game to help seal the win for the Chicago Bears. Cohen finished the game with 78 yards on 12 carries but had an overtime winning TD called back after he (questionably) stepped out of bounds. Cohen also caught all 4 targets for 24 yards.

  1. RB Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard was in full beast mode on Sunday. Even though he was hurt and had to leave the game twice he still managed 23-138, 2 TD’s. He even caught all of his 5 targets for 26 yards. This was by far the best game of the year for Howard. He scored the game-winning touchdown (19 yards) while running out of a 3 TE set.

  1. The Defense

As a unit, the defense was fantastic. They might not have forced many turnovers (1) but they put a lot of pressure on Big Ben to the tune of three sacks. Also, the secondary was outstanding after being horrible a year ago. They kept the team in it when the passing game for the Bears was less than lackluster. They should get the game ball.

Stock down

  1. CB Marcus Cooper

Dear God Marcus what were you thinking? I am pretty sure every Bear fan on the planet was screaming at their TV and going crazy when Cooper decided to slow at the 1-yard line after a blocked FG. The Bears got lucky to get a field goal after that play but it’s simply inexcusable to stop running before you score the TD. Cooper did play well on defense though besides giving up one TD.

QB Mike Glennon

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Mike Glennon
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Mike Glennon /

Glennon actually made some nice plays with his feet. Yes, I said that. But again, he only threw the ball downfield (over 20 yards) once in the game. While I enjoy the 3 TE sets that the Bears ran, there is no way that is going to be a thing that will be sustainable for the entire season as a way to win games. I am ready for the change at QB if it means the ball will be in the air a bit more.

  1. Receivers and Tight ends

Again drops were an issue for the receivers and tight ends. I counted at least 4 drops including 2 by the returning WR Markus Wheaton, who dropped the only pass that went over 20 yards in the air. Unfortunately, I don’t see a solution for the drops regardless who is the QB. The Bears are going to just have to live with it for now.

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The Bears got their first win of the season and it was a huge one. They played a first half of football and looked like a playoff team only to revert to the style of play that made them 3-13 a year ago. They followed a good plan although conservative on offense and it worked. Hopefully, this will be the turning point of the season to teach them how to win.