The Chicago Bears played hard in their Week 15 battle against the NFL-leading Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears lost by a score of 25-20, but it was a competitive game for the majority of the time, and they played one of the best teams in football down to the wire. The Eagles are just too talented and were able to pull away in the end, but this could be chalked down to another “moral victory,” even though we are all tired of those at this point.
The Chicago Bears secondary had a strong day despite what the box score says
Chicago Bears Week 15 Winner No. 1: Kyler Gordon
Kyler Gordon has had a rookie season filled with ups and downs. Early in the season, he was getting torched by opposing quarterbacks and wide receivers. It was hard to trust him in the slot or on the outside. This is to be expected for a rookie cornerback who is being asked to play such a big role, except if their name is Sauce Gardner or Tariq Woolen.
Gordon has started to come into his own lately, and his performance against the Eagles was a pleasant surprise. He was tasked with following DeVonta Smith throughout most of this game. While Smith had five catches for 126 yards receiving, most of those yards came on two big plays. On the one play on the go ball to Smith, Gordon was in a great position and played exceptional coverage. He made a play at the ball but jumped too early and did not get off the ground enough. As a result, Smith had a 48-yard reception. Still, Gordon played this rep well and it should be noted that way.
He played like this most of the game, and he showed up on the stat sheet. He had a big interception in the first quarter off of Jalen Hurts, who came into the game with only three picks on the year. He also had an important fumble recovery after Mike Pennel stripped Miles Sanders.
This was a big game and an important step for Gordon, who came into this season with a lot of hype. He might have not been as good as most expected or wanted him to be so far, but he has grown a lot over recent weeks. Kyler Gordon is giving fans a lot of hope for the cornerback position with his play as of late and could help ease some of the worry regarding the depth in the secondary.