Leonard Floyd shines despite Chicago Bears Week Five loss

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Leonard Floyd
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 09: Leonard Floyd /

Leonard Floyd broke out into 2017 with a huge game on Monday Night Football for the Chicago Bears

In a night that was known as the debut for the Chicago Bears first-round pick in 2017, it was their 2016 first round pick who led the team and made headlines all night. Despite a 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in what could be considered an encouraging game for things to come, Floyd took advantage of a plus matchup.

Floyd told Jon Gruden he was watching tape of Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers from the Super Bowl two years ago. Remmers came over from the Carolina Panthers. Von Miller owned Remmers in that game and won Super Bowl MVP because of it. That is the same sort of play Floyd brought to the table.

He opened up the game with a sack that led to safety. He gave his team a 2-0 lead. From there it was two more sacks and three tackles to round out a three-sack night. On top of that, he forced a couple of offensive penalties and was disruptive in the backfield from start to finish.

Floyd was called for a holding late in the game that gave the Vikings a first down late in the game. However, this was a very questionable holding call and probably should not have been made. Despite what some have called a slow start, one game has Floyd back on track for an increase in sack total from the year before.

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Every team needs a quarterback on offense and someone to attack the opposing quarterback on defense. Despite the loss, it was comforting to see that the Bears may have finally figured it out on both sides of the ball for the foreseeable future.