Matchup Struggle 2. Justin Herbert is one of the best quarterbacks the Chicago Bears have faced
The Chicago Bears defense had been playing better in recent weeks. You could say that it has to do with the health of the unit and the team gelling with the new play-calling of Matt Eberflus. You could also argue that the Bears just got to the soft portion of their schedule.
The Bears gave up 38 points to Jordan Love by struggling with Aaron Jones. They held Baker Mayfield in check, but Patrick Mahomes hung 41 on the Bears, and Russell Wilson had enough success to beat them as well. Still, after that, they got Sam Howell, Kirk Cousins, and Brian Hoyer.
Cousins is good, but it was his first game without Justin Jefferson on the road in the cold during a windy day. The Bears have had a generous stretch. Aaron Jones and Patrick Mahomes had their best success against the Bears. We noted that Austin Ekeler is the closest back to Jones they have seen, and Herbert is by far the second-best quarterback they have seen after Mahomes. The pass defense will really be tested this week.