Chicago Bears Positive No. 3: Defensive Backs
Today was the first time in a long time that the defensive backfield was healthy. Well, relatively healthy. Kyler Gordon and Eddie Jackson appeared to be on a snap count as neither played the entire game. Jackson was ruled out and questionable to return with his foot, but we learned later that he could have played in an emergency situation. It did not seem to matter though as the Chicago Bears secondary held Kirk Cousins to under 200 passing yards.
It helps that Justin Jefferson missed the game. He is a huge part of the Vikings' offense. However, Jordan Addison (rookie) and T.J. Hockenson are legit receiving threats. K.J. Osborn is a solid WR3 as well. The point is, that the defensive backs actually looked impressive on most downs. Jaylon Johnson being back played a big part in that. It will be interesting to see if the Bears look to move him before the 2023 NFL trade deadline now that the team is 1-5 on the year with little to no hope left. Had they won this game, they'd have been third in the division and only half a game behind the Packers.
It would have been nice to see this group together for more than a few plays in Week 6. The defensive backfield has been depleted for too long. I cannot help but wonder if it would have made any difference in the outcome of some of these games. The Chicago Bears were fourth-to-last in passing yards allowed per game going into Week 6. The Vikings were fourth-best in passing yards. Even without Justin Jefferson, one would have expected the Vikings to throw for over 200 yards.