If you do not know, now you know. The Chicago Bears are serious contenders
The Chicago Bears have navigated through nine weeks with a 6-3 record but still, have met some criticism from skeptics. When beating Seattle, Arizona, Buffalo, New York, Detroit, and Bucs, there are no real statement wins on the schedule.
When it comes to the inexperienced Matt Nagy and Mitch Trubisky, we knew they were good and on the rise. The question is are they, contenders. Tonight we learned that this team is for real and the Chicago Bears are ready to compete in 2018.
In the first half of the first week of the 2018 season, the Bears established that. However, they didn’t know how to close. The lights got a bit too bright, and the Chicago Bears proved they were not ready for the spotlight in the second half.
From there, they navigated. Beat who you are supposed to beat that is the mark of a good team.
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Their next big test came against the New England Patriots. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick bring a certain charisma to them that makes every game a statement game. The Chicago Bears once again showed up play and got out to a 17-7 lead.
However, inexperience showed again, and the team got ahead of themselves. Two special teams meltdowns led to a game finishing just one yard short.
Again, the Bears bounced back and navigated. However, they learned how to close in these games. When they beat Arizona, it was in comeback fashion. A pick-six sealed what looked to be a collapse against Seattle.
However, the Chicago Bears put away the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. They won by more than one score and put them away in the fourth quarter. While it was not the toughest of opponents, they learned how to win.
This applies to Sunday Night Football. The division is on the line, as the Bears took a game and the tiebreaker. The offense scored first. The team defense put the game away from there.
When the offense turned the ball over, the defense made stops. When the defense bent in the fourth quarter, the offense got first downs. They put themselves in great shape to win the division on a national spotlight and put away a contender from a year ago that many saw taking a step forward.
This was the statement game that the Chicago Bears have been looking for to get respect. They finally did it.