The Chicago Bears are back in the win column after almost a month. Sitting at a record of 4-3, they face the Buffalo Bills this week.
After back to back rough games, the Chicago Bears finally found their mojo. The defense played outstanding against New York and found their identity again, all without star pass rusher Khalil Mack. Mack isn’t seriously injured, but Chicago thought it would be a good time to rest him before the upcoming division games.
Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky seems to be progressing each week and it’s been fun to watch. He’s starting to take over football games with not only his arms, but his legs as well. With strong defensive showings, this Bears team will be very hard to stop. Trubisky’s accuracy still needs improvement, but that’s expected from the young quarterback. He’s only in his second season and he is still learning a brand new complex offense. It will take time but each week he shows he is improving. Some might even say to throw out all of last season together and that this is the quarterbacks real first season as he is now in an NFL offense.
Jordan Howard had his best game of the season posting 81 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Although these aren’t eye popping numbers, it does wonders for his confidence as he has struggled a bit up until this point. It’s important to get Howard going in this offense because if the Bears have a strong running game that sets up opportunities with play action and the passing game.
Tarik Cohen had another explosive day, with 40 yards on five carries and racking up 70 yards and a touchdown while receiving. Cohen has become a staple in this offense and it’s clear Matt Nagy knows how to use him.
Chicago’s upcoming game is against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. The Bills plan on starting quarterback Nathan Peterman. If Khalil Mack and Allen Robinson are not 100%, they should sit for another week. Although, Chicago needs to be careful not to treat this as a trap game. The Bills still have a strong defense and should not be overlooked as an easy win. But with the following games being against the Detroit Lions twice and the Minnesota Vikings, it may be smart to get Mack to 100% by then.
Chicago is the perfect example of a team still trying to put it all together. All three of their losses have been by a possession, all of which they were leading late. A win against Buffalo would put Chicago at 5-3, matching last years win total at the halfway point in the season. Without a doubt this team is talented, but winning on all three phases is something this team needs to work on. Division games will really put this team to the test. If the Bears can stay healthy, they will be competing for the division by the end of the season.