The Chicago Bears defense stole the show earlier this week on Monday Night Football with a 24-17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, causing havoc for the Seahawk offense especially Russell Wilson.
The NFC Defensive Player of the Week was flying all over the field on Monday night against Seattle. Flying under the radar because of Khalil Mack, Trevathan had eight tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Trevathan is important to the Bears success week-to-week especially with the inexperienced Roquan Smith beside him in the defensive backfield. Trevathan does a fantastic job filling the gaps and creating havoc when the Bears are blitzing up the middle.
With every week comes another Khalil Mack strip sack, and another Jon Gruden quote. After two weeks of play its clear to see that the Bears are getting a nice return on investment from their elite pass-rusher. Mack has thrived in the first two games, which have both been on national television, and has therefore thrusted the Bears into the national news talk. Mack through two games has eight tackles, two strip sacks, and a pick-six. It’s the exact start that Bears fans hoped to see from the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, and he has lived up to the expectations.
While the stats may not have jumped off the page when talking about Eddie Goldman, he has shown that he makes an impact on every play he is in there. Against Seattle he put 320 lb. Ethan Pocic on his heels collapsing the pocket enough where he could get his arms around the elusive Russell Wilson, for the sack. After Week One there was some question about Goldman’s limited snaps after signing his big 4 yr/ $42 million extension, one of the concerns was other than stopping the run game, could he make impact on all three downs, there is no question he showed that he could do that Monday.
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How can you not show Prince a little love? Amukamara sealed the game for the Chicago Bears when he broke hard on a ball from Russell Wilson and took it to the house. This was Amukamara’s first interception since September for 2015, and it was a nice sign to see Amukamara get his hands on the ball after the Bears gave him that 3 year/$27 million extension this offseason.
We are slowly, but surely seeing the chemistry between Robinson and Mitchell Trubisky form. The Bears implemented a short passing attack which included a healthy dose of Allen Robinson along the sidelines. Robinson caught 10 balls for 83 yards, and the Seahawks secondary couldn’t really stop him. Robinson has a physicality in his routes where he can leverage defenders while on his way to the top of the route, when he can break the cornerback off with his quickness. Look for the matchup of Robinson and Patrick Peterson on Sunday, and see how Robinson can create separation against one of the leagues best.
Kyle Fuller has played a bad game this season, but he definitely hasn’t played a good game. He got beat once again by a fantastic ball deep in the end zone that was placed perfectly to Trent Lockett. Fuller may have had a chance to get his hands on the ball, but he never turned around which is a no-no when guarding the deep ball. Fuller will most likely draw the opposition of future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, hopefully there will be an opportunity for Fuller to make some nice plays in the passing game to get him back on track.
We aren’t quite there with Trubisky after two weeks. Monday night was definitely better than the game against Green Bay, but he still missed a couple of throws that he needs to hit. He had Taylor Gabriel over the middle wide open and over-threw him and also had Anthony Miller in the end zone for a touchdown that was a bit off the mark. With the way the Bears defense is playing so far this season, the pressure will be mounting each week for a breakout performance. Against a Cardinals team that has given up an average of 294 passing yards over two games, this might be Trubisky’s best shot at that.