In week 1, the Chicago Bears are 3-7 in the last ten seasons. This year, Chicago is looking to improve that record and start strong with a win against the Green Bay Packers. To do so, they will need to have great games from their star players. Today, we take a look back at some of the best individual performances by Bears players in past seasons.
5. Brandon Marshall 2013
In 2013, the Bears hosted a Bengals team coming off two consecutive playoff appearances. In Marc Trestman's first game as head coach, it was Brandon Marshall who stole the show. Marshall had eight receptions for 104 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Bears went on to win 24-21 and start the season on a very high note.
4. Tarik Cohen vs. Falcons, September 10, 2017
The Bears began the 2017 season by facing the Falcons, who appeared in the Super Bowl the season prior. In a game where the Bears were counted out by most, rookie Tarik Cohen showed out and kept Chicago in the game. In his first-ever game, Cohen accounted for 66 rushing yards, 47 receiving yards, and a touchdown. From week one on, Cohen proved to be a nightmare for opposing defenses.
3. Mitchell Trubisky vs. Lions, September 13, 2020
Coming off of a disappointing 2019 season, the Bears' chances of starting the 2020 season 1-0 were looking slim. After trailing 23-6 at the end of the third quarter, Mitchell Trubisky would throw three touchdowns in the fourth to complete one of the largest comebacks in recent Bears history. This included throwing the game-winning touchdown to Anthony Miller in the final 2 minutes following a clutch interception from Kyle Fuller.
2. Matt Forte vs. Packers, September 13, 2015
In Matt Forte's last season as a Bear, they opened the season once again against their rivals in Green Bay. In a game where the rest of the Chicago offense looked average, Forte had one of his best games in a Bears uniform. In total, he accumulated 141 rushing yards, 25 receiving yards, and a score. The Bears could not get the job done, but there was no doubt that Forte gave it everything he had.
1. Khalil Mack vs. Packers, September 9, 2018
I think every Bears fan remembers Khalil Mack's first-ever game wearing a Chicago Bears jersey. After being acquired 8 days before the game, Mack made his presence felt with a strip sack on DeShone Kizer. The next Packers drive, Mack then intercepted Kizer and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown. The Bears would still find a way to lose the game, but Mack was otherworldly in his debut.