Chicago Bears vs 49ers: 3 Winners from loss in Week 8
Chicago Bears Week 8 Winner No. 3: Darnell Mooney
To start off, Darnell Mooney has been one of the only playmakers on this offense this year. While his hands have let him down at times, he still has been balling and deserves credit for how he is playing this year. He has consistently paced Allen Robinson in targets and catches and it almost feels like he is the WR1 at this point.
The main thing to see is how he and Fields have connected. These two are fun to watch and their chemistry shows every game. Fields throws to Mooney with confidence and the second-year wideout has shown to be a reliable target for his rookie quarterback.
His hands have been a strength since last year, but he has had a few drops this year that are frustrating. He is a hard worker and will undoubtedly work to catch the ball with more confidence and come down with some of those contested throws. For a fifth-round draft pick that most considered to be a special teamer at best, he consistently runs clean routes and gets open more than anyone else on this team. That, combined with his speed and elusiveness after the catch, has led to him being the most utilized receiver in this offense.
With nine targets against the 49ers, Mooney continues to be Fields’ favored option and he seems to have passed Robinson in terms of who Fields will trust the most. Mooney needs to work harder to eliminate the mistakes because they have hurt Fields a couple of times this year. No matter the arguments against him, Mooney has been a stud this year and is a cornerstone of this offense going forward.
The Chicago Bears got some strong performances out of their key players in the game against the 49ers. The loss was a tough one but there are a lot of positives to take away, especially on the offensive side of the ball.