Chicago Bears: Three studs from the Week 14 victory over Texans

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Chicago Bears - Khalil Mack
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Khalil Mack returned to form for the Bears on Sunday.

It’s no secret that Khalil Mack hasn’t had the best season by his standards. By no means has he been bad but his production has taken a dip, in a defense that looks like it has regressed under defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.

Regression or not, Mack turned in a fantastic performance against the Texans. Mack got himself a sack which also resulted in a safety for Chicago. The Bears defense as a whole came to play on Sunday, Sacking Watson six times while racking up 11 total hits on the QB.

When Mack is on his game the Bears defense is one of the scariest units to go up against in the entire NFL. I talked at the beginning of this article about how getting Akiem Hicks back is a big deal for this team. While Mack may be the better overall player, Hicks is the heart and would fo the Bears defense.

Having Hicks on the field allows for Mack to get a little less attention, something he took advantage of on Sunday. Hicks is a force in the middle and eats up blocks which can allow for one on one matchups on the outside.

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This was the best game the Bears have played this season. The offense looked great, as did the defense. Beating a team the way the Beara just beat up on the Texans is always a confidence booster for your team. It may still look a little bleak but the Bears have a legit chance of stringing some wins together and sneaking into the playoffs.