Chicago Bears Week 12 Winner No. 3: Montez Sweat
D.J. Moore could have gotten the third winner spot for this week with a great game that put him over 1,000 yards on the season, but the impact that Montez Sweat had on this game and as a Bear so far should be highlighted. Sweat accrued 1.5 sacks in this game and was able to generate consistent pressure against one of the best offensive lines in the league. He was credited with seven pressures and a 25% pass rush win rate, per PFF.
After the lack of usage against the Lions, especially late in the game, he was utilized in the fashion that a $98 million player should be used. He only played 63% of the snaps in Detroit, but that rose to 71% in Minnesota. While it might not look like a lot, that is a big jump from last week, and the return was great. The Bears have found themselves a star pass rusher who is in his prime right now. He was mostly working off the right side against Brian O'Neill, who is one of the best right tackles in the league this year. He consistently utilized his athleticism and strength to get pressure and, as always, played well against the run.
If the Bears can find a better fellow edge rusher to compliment Sweat, someone who can give them more than Yannick Ngakoue has produced so far this year, the Bears could start to have a sneaky good defensive line. What they are getting from Gervon Dexter lately is really intriguing because he has been the best interior player recently. With guys like Sweat, Dexter, and even Andrew Billings, there is something there. They just need to fill it out with another star player and quality depth.
The Chicago Bears defense looked the best it had all season, and it seemed every player was getting involved in the turnover party. They showed out on Monday Night Football and bailed out the offense who struggled to capitalize on all the gifts they got. The defense has been looking better lately, which is important for the future of this team.