2. Bears’ Receivers Emerging At The Right Time?
When Mitch Trubisky played his first NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings, at home, in primetime in 2017, it instilled a confidence in both the locker room and the city.
Trubisky totaled only 128 yards and had a mediocre passer rating of 60.1, but his play was refreshing and started a new era in Bears’ football. Now, Trubisky has a very different receiving group from last year’s underwhelming corp. Allen Robinson is coming off his best game in over a year and rookie second-round receiver, Anthony Miller, had the game both he and fans have been yearning for. Combined, the two receivers have accounted for 750 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on the season.
Taylor Gabriel has had more productivity this season than I think anyone has expected, leading the team with 426 yards and two scores. Tarik Cohen has been a matchup nightmare, and is this the game we may have an Adam Shaheen sighting?
Minnesota’s pass defense is ranked 11th but has been exposed much like every other secondary this year. What’s interesting is that earlier in the season, Jared Goff was able to torch this Vikings’ defense, running a very similar scheme with a creative play-caller much like the Bears. Xavier Rhodes is one of the most physical corners in the league and will force his opposition to work for every inch. Trae Waynes has taken moderate strides since coming out of Michigan State in 2015. And Harrison Smith has arguably been the best safety in football the last four years and is still underrated; meaning the Bears receivers will truly be tested.
The Bears’ receivers are starting to gel with their quarterback, coach, and system. They are at home. They are confident. And they are hungry to produce. Could we see back to back games with dominant receiver play?