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Chicago Bears Winner No. 3: David Montgomery, running back
While David Montgomery did not break the stat sheet today with some kind of insane performance, he did remind us that he can be a workhorse back. Up until this season, he has been that every down back for the Bears, and now with the emergence of Khalil Herbert there has been a split in his workload.
Montgomery finished the day with 17 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown along with three catches for 54 yards on four targets. He handled a large portion of the offense today as both a runner and a pass catcher. It was disappointing that he only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, but timely runs and catches helped the Bears stay in the game.
The Bears’ running attack has been sneaky this year. Yes, they are running for over 200 yards per game almost every week, but Justin Fields has made up a large part of those numbers. The running backs have not seen the same success due to the poor play by the offensive line.
Montgomery has not had the year most would expect from him, but he is built and skilled enough to be a starting running back on a contending team. I am sure there was a solid market for him at the trade deadline. A game like today reminds Bears fans how much Montgomery means to this offense and how he finds ways to contribute even if he is not rushing for 100 yards per game.
The Chicago Bears are a bad football team. The sugar coating has to stop. Yes, this team is a few plays away from being playoff contenders, but they did not make those plays because they lack talent. Still, the young talent that is developing and shining every week is what this year is about and is what the Bears will build around going forward.