Which three Chicago Bears were winners vs Lions in Week 12?
The Chicago Bears were able to snap their five-game losing streak on Thanksgiving, beating the Detroit Lions by a score of 16-14. It was one of those ugly wins that Bears fans have grown accustomed to, but they got the job done when it mattered most. In what could possibly be Matt Nagy’s last game as a head coach of the Bears, they came out of Detroit with a much-needed win.
Some standout performances helped the Chicago Bears to a win
Chicago Bears Week 12 Winner No. 1: Andy Dalton
Watching Andy Dalton in this game was reassuring of what we knew we had when the Chicago Bears signed him to a one-year deal. He showed veteran leadership and made plays when it mattered. He does not have the greatest arm strength or improvisation abilities, but he was able to extend plays when the pocket broke down and even scramble for some big first downs.
Andy Dalton showed today what the offense might have looked like if Justin Fields was not named the starter after Week 2. Sure, he was playing against a bottom-tier defense, but this is what he does. He puts your team in a position to win games, even if he does not wow you with his talent. There is a reason he has been a starter in the NFL for such a long time.
With that said, I think starting Justin Fields was what is best for his development. Not every quarterback needs to sit for a whole year in order to be NFL ready. Unfortunately, Fields has not looked great for the most part, and with Dalton’s performance today some fans might regret not keeping Dalton as the QB1 once he came back from injury.
Matt Nagy decided to go with the rookie, and he understood that might mean sacrificing wins. The Bears have stumbled to a 4-7 record this year, with two wins in three games that Dalton has started. This is what happens when you have a veteran quarterback and a highly touted rookie.
Whatever the situation at quarterback is going forward, Andy Dalton had a gutsy performance today. Only one touchdown does not look great, but he was the first Bears quarterback over 300 yards passing since Nick Foles in Week 9 of last year. He hit the big throws and gave the Bears the chance to win it at the buzzer. He deserves a lot of credit for doing his job last week and again this week.