The Chicago Bears climbed out of Last Place with the Win Against the Detroit Lions 20 – 17
By Donte Chase Bridges | November 11th
“Days like this you appreciate getting back to that feeling of winning.” – Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky
The Chicago Bears pulled off the exciting win against the Detroit Lions 20 – 17. Chicago Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky had a standout performance with 173 YDS, 3 TDS, and 0 INT’s. Bears Nation has been waiting for Bears’ QB Trubisky to return to his Pro Bowl form. Sure enough, Trubisky distributed the ball to 3 different wideouts for touchdowns, snapping the Bears’ four-game losing streak and keeping their playoff chances alive. Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy had some glowing words to say about his starting quarterback.
He made some really good throws. He had protection at the line. Wide receivers and tight ends stepped up. Explain head coach Matt Nagy. What I appreciate about Mitch today is that he never got rattled. He didn’t let anything rattle him today.
Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t able to move his team up and down the hash marks, beginning the game with consecutive three-and-outs in the first quarter. With Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford ruled out with a back injury, the Chicago Bears’ defense took advantage of the injury-riddled Lions by keeping star WR Kenny Golladay off the field while allowing only one field goal. Unfortunately, Bear’s OLB Danny Trevathan was injured with minutes remaining in the first quarter, leaving the game with an unspecified arm injury.
Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky placed a perfect pass that was mishandled by Bears’ WR Anthony Miller to begin the second quarter. At the 9-minute mark, the Bears were only able to muster up 28 yards from scrimmage and four consecutive punts. Moreover, Bears C Cody Whitehair snapped a low ball that Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t able to secure, causing Trubisky’s second sack of the game. But with 32 seconds left in the second quarter, QB Mitchell Trubisky was able to throw a dart to TE Ben Braunecker to give the Bears a lead of 7-6 to end the first half.
“He made a really good play,” expressed Bears’ Head Coach Matt Nagy. Braunecker has strong hands and came down with the ball. And Mitchell Trubisky put it where only he could get it.
Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky began the third quarter with a 20+ yard strike to WR Allen Robinson, setting up the go-ahead TD pass to Bears RB Tarik Cohen. Bears K Eddy Pineiro wasn’t able to convert the extra point, missing the attempt wide left. Fortunately, QB Trubisky wasn’t finished getting the ball to the end zone as he delivered another TD pass to WR Anthony Miller, giving the Bears a 14 point lead with 9 minutes left in the third quarter.
As the Bears grew confident and looked to put Detroit away, Lions’ Backup QB Jeff Driskel was able to evade the Bears’ defensive rush and throw a 30-yard+ spiral to Lions WR Kenny Golladay for his first touchdown of the game. The Lions had an opportunity to tie the game with two minutes remaining on 4th and 11, but Lions QB Jeff Driskel threw an inaccurate pass that missed Detroit’s wide receiver by inches, turning the ball over to the Bears on downs. After a sputtered Bears’ series, and less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, the Lions tried to drive down the field to tie the game but was stopped by the Bears defense, ending the game 20–13 Chicago Bears.
Bears Standout Players
- QB Mitchell Trubisky: 173 Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions
- TE Ben Braunecker: 1 Reception, 18 Yards, 1 Touchdown
- DT Nick Williams: 1 Sack
- LB Nick Kwiatkoski: 8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception
Room for Improvement
The Chicago Bears’ defense has been riddled with injuries at the defensive tackle position this season. All-Pro DT Akeem Hicks was a dominant run-stopper before a gruesome elbow injury put him on injured reserve for the remainder of the year. Adding injury to insult, no pun intended, the Bear’s backup DT Eddie Goldman has also been hit by the injury bug, making his impact non-existent and causing the Bears to give up the most rushing yards since 2016. Although no one can determine win injuries will dismantle a team, defensive coordinator Greg Pagano we’ll have to make the necessary adjustments to stop opposing teams from gashing the Bears up the middle.
Bears LB Danny Trevathan was diagnosed with a left arm injury in the first quarter. Trevathan was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Bears DT Akeim Hicks was diagnosed with a dislocated elbow and put on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Bears NT Eddie Goldman was diagnosed with a thigh injury and ruled questionable to play against the Detroit Lions.
Bears LB Isaiah Irving was diagnosed with a sore quad and ruled out to play against the Detroit Lions.
Bears DT Bilal Nichols suffered a knee injury in last week’s game and was considered a game-time decision.
Yes… The Chicago Bears were able to snap a four-game losing streak against the Detroit Lions in an impressive fashion, but does this mean that Chicago’s offensive woes have been fixed and there is a possible playoff push in the future? Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy would be smart to take each Bears’ win as an individual accomplishment and still look to improve the erratic play of Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky. Nonetheless, The Bears will have to get ready to face the defending NFC Champions as Rams’ QB Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams host the Chicago Bears in a Week 11 matchup on November 18th.
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