The Chicago Bears beat the Minnesota Vikings to move to 4-8. This was also the first time Matt Eberflus beat a division opponent as the Bears' head coach. Considering it happened this late into his second year, there are plenty of questions to ask about this team moving forward.
10. How impactful has Montez Sweat been for the Chicago Bears?
The addition of Montez Sweat was apparent from the second he stepped on the field for the Bears. The defense started getting healthier, and his addition has improved everyone.
In just four games, he has 2.5 sacks, which, funnily enough, is now just 0.5 away from leading the team. He will play half of the season and finish as the team leader. He gets a sack on 2.5% of the snaps he plays for Chicago. Rasheem Green is next at 1.4%, and Yannick Ngakoue is at 0.7%.
He has a 16.5% pass rush win rate for the Bears, compared to only 10.6% for the Commanders before the trade. When Sweat is on the field, the Bears allow a 40.4% success rate, but it goes up closer to 44.1% when he is off.
The Bears have seven sacks in the past three games, compared to ten in nine games before Sweat's arrival. They have also had seven interceptions in the last two weeks after just six in the first ten games. The rest of the rushers and the secondary look better, and the defense has improved with the addition of Sweat. This is not all due to Sweat, but it is clear that his presence has had a ripple effect.