3. We finally saw what the Chicago Bears defensive line can do
The Chicago Bears traded for Montez Sweat for a few reasons. One of the big reasons was the ripple effect that impacted DeMarcus Walker. The Bears did not sign Walker to start but rather be a role player. The plan is to play Walker on the edge for run-downs, then have him slide inside on passing downs.
The Bears did not do that much because they were easing Montez Sweat in. However, Sweat got near his full workload on Thursday night. We finally saw his presence. More than that, Walker was moving all around.
We saw Walker, Justin Jones, Andrew Billings, and Montez Sweat on run-downs. This is easily the best run-defense look they have shown. On pass downs, they had Sweat, Walker, Justin Jones, and Yannick Ngakoue. They also had Gervon Dexter getting pass-rushing work early in the game instead of Justin Jones. That is their best pass-rush look we have seen all season. They finished with three sacks.
Now, the Bears have an extra few days to tinker with how they use these looks. This is exciting.