Chicago Bears: 3 Winners from Week 4 vs. Lions

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Week 4 Winner No. 3: Bears pass rush

The Bears defense looked sharp again against the Lions. Three consecutive red-zone stops helped to keep the Bears in control of the game for the most part. A big thanks goes to the pass rush which again showed out in a big way. Khalil Mack, Robert Quinn, and Trevis Gipson had huge performances against the Lions and deserve a big shoutout.

It is most likely a mixture of Sean Desai and his stunts and rush schemes with how talented this defensive line and pass rush actually is. This is what Ryan Pace expected when he paired Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn together. Taking advantage of a rookie tackle in Penei Sewell and some injuries to the Lions offensive line went a long way in contributing to the win.

The Bears sacked Jared Goff four times and saw many pressures that led to either incompletions or moving Goff out of the pocket which is where he struggles sometimes. Big props to the coaches and players for how their preparation paid off and they did not have to stray from the game-plan. Obviously the Lions are a bottom tier team and the Bears should have won this game anyway, but it is good to see how the pass rush is playing with consistency and is much improved from last year.

Trevis Gipson had a breakout game with two sacks and some big contributions in defending the run. There has been a lot of hype around Gipson and he is responding well. He has been solid as the backup edge/outside linebacker and is making the most of his reps. Look to see him play more going forward.

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Teams are going to have to change their blocking scheme if guys like Quinn, Nichols, Hicks, and Gipson are playing well opposite Khalil Mack. The last couple of years saw teams doubling Mack almost every play, so the improved pass rush should change that and continue to free up Mack.