Chicago Bears: Three positives from Sunday’s loss to the Lions

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Budding stars on the offense

Sunday’s game saw an increase in the run game for the Bears. David Montgomery logged in 72 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, as the team capitalized against a weaker Lions’ run defense.

While it’s unlikely he’ll eclipse 1,000 rushing yards, the second-year back has been great for the Bears. It’s clear the team sees Montgomery as their running back on the long-term, but he wasn’t the only player who played well.

Rookie receiver Darnell Mooney has become a steal for the Chicago Bears. He’s the only NFL player with 60+ targets and zero drops this season. Mooney continues to impress with his route running, pass blocking, and his overall football IQ, as well as his insane speed and burst.

Mooney wasn’t the only rookie to impress. Tight end Cole Kmet saw an increase of snaps and made the most out of it, finishing the game with five receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Kmet is becoming more and more comfortable in this offense, as the Notre Dame product saw more action than veteran tight end Jimmy Graham on Sunday.

The team’s offense may be one of the worst in the league, but the production from its younger players is a positive Bears fans can’t ignore.