Back with another post game reaction from this weeks Bear’s game. I was lucky enough to score a ticket to the game and see the action live which was a pretty cool experience!
Chicago came in needing to bounce back after falling to the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins in their previous two games. They welcomed a Jets team led by Sam Darnold and looked to get back on track Sunday. It was a tough game because of the conditions, it very windy at times, light rain through out and cold. Bears came out victorious and have regained the lead in NFC North.
What I liked
The game-plan for the Bears was very simple, get the run game going and attack with quick throws. A big issue for the Bears has been their run game. While they have had no problems gaining yards, most of that has been helped by long runs from Trubisky. Howard and Cohen on the other hand have struggled with efficiency and it has been very frustrating to watch. In this game, the Bears showed improvement with both backs breaking runs for 20+ yards. A good step in the right direction but I would like to see more of an consistent effort to get the run game going.
Trubisky’s development is really starting to show as he threw for two touchdowns and seems to be getting a good feel for the offense. He is still missing some throws that most QB’s should be making but he is still doing a good job of spreading the ball around and making the right plays in my opinion.
Bears defense got back on track against the Jets. A real concern the past couple of weeks has been the defense. In the games against Miami and New England, the defense had taken a step back allowing big plays and not looking as dominant as they were to start the season. In the game against the Jets, the Bears took advantage of a team with a young Quarterback and really looked focused. Multiple players were swarming to the ball and being active in coverage. What was even more impressive was the pass rush they were able to generate without Khalil Mack playing.
What I didn’t like
Kyle Long suffered another injury and had to be carted off the field. It’s been a tough few years for Long as he’s had trouble staying healthy. I hope that the injury isn’t serious because the Bears definitely need him.
What I hope to see going forward
Sticking with the theme I started this post with, I would like to see more emphasis toward getting the running game going. The weather will start to play more of a factor and the Bears offense will need to be able to lean on that as the conditions get tougher to pass in.
Kevin White saw three targets against the Jets. I’m still kind of puzzled why he hasn’t had the chance to play more but I am hoping he gets more opportunities as the season moves along.
Continued progress for the offense. Keep trending up and growing in Coach Nagy’s system!