“We Built for this!” – Bears LB Khalil Mack
By Donte Chase Bridges | September 23rd 2019
After unleashing hell on a sputtering Broncos offense in week two, the Chicago Bears proved once again why they are the “Monsters of the Midway” in week 3’s crushing of the Washington Redskins (31-15). Emotions are high, and expectations are too. The Chicago Bears are a top pick to represent the NFC in this year’s Super-bowl. However, there are still some kinks in the armor of The Bears’ offense that needs to straighten out before fans can proclaim them as the favored pick. But this is a good start.
Chicago Bears fans have been extremely critical on the play of Mitchell Trubisky (but who hasn’t). Regardless of all the outside pressure, Trubisky was able to have a break-out performance with 25 completions, 231 yards, 3 touchdowns, one interception and a QB rating of 116.5. I guess it’s safe to say that Mitchell has heard the outcry for his job and wanted to show Chicago why he was the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Matt Nagy had a lot to say about the Bears offensive showing.
“It doesn’t matter how we got the win, as long as we get it. You guys showed a lot of resolve and that’s what we needed, and now we on to Minnesota. Our players need to get treatment for their bodies because we got a short week to get ready for Minnesota,” Expressed Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy.
Key Offensive Players
Chicago’s wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, endearingly nicknamed turbo, showed up to the party with a 3 TD performance. With his jaw-dropping, twinkle-toes touchdown, Gabriel was able to give the Bears a 28-3 halftime lead that almost killed the spirits of the Washington Redskins. On a down note, Gabriel had to leave the game with a concussion after a vicious tackle. The Bear’s wide receiver is listed as questionable in next week’s game against the Minnesota Viking, barring he passes the concussion protocol.
Key Defensive Players
Khalil Mack dominated the field with two-strip sacks, three tackles and relentless pressure on Redskins QB Case Keenum. Mack’s energy puts life into the already vicious Bears defense. Although Pro-bowl Tackle Hakeem Nicks re-aggravated a knee injury in the second half, the Bears Defensive depth was able to recover and shut down the redskins attempted come-back.
“I saw the quarterback’s arm and, I said I got to hit the ball. We made the big plays. We were able to capitalize. The caliber of guys we have in his locker room, we built for this. We just want to go and show what Chicago bears football is all about,” said Bears LB Khalil Mack.
Bears LB Danny Trevathan also had a stand-out performance with 1 sack, 1 Forced Fumble, not to mention the 4th down stop that put the nail in the coffin for Washington. Confusing the Redskins offensive line with a unique B-gap Blitz called the “Dead-leg”, Trevathan forced Washington’s QB Case Keenum to rethink any thought of a 5-step drop. Furthermore, the Bears’ LB was very excited in expressing how week the 3’s win made boosted the swagger in an already confident Bears Defense.
“We had a lot of fun. It’s always fun when you’re going into a divisional game. Anytime you get that dub club dub opens. Execution and being calm under pressure. It’s tough playing offense, but I think they getting better at it. They were flipping positions, which made it easier on the defense,” said Bears LB Danny Trevethan.
Room for Improvement.
Even though the Bears have stepped up their offensive performance since week 1, fans are still wondering what the Bear’s offensive identity is. Bear’s Head Coach Matt Nagy has a history of being an offensive Survant around the NFL. Are the Bears living up to this title? Or, is Nagy out-thinking what could be a simple formula: run, play-action, and then pass? Perhaps week 3 is too soon to put a final judgment on Mitchell’s and Nagy’s semi-dynamic duo. One thing is for sure, the Bears will be tested in next week’s conference game against the rivaled Minnesota Vikings.
The Chicago Bears are set to play the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 4 slugfest. Although the Bears offense- led by Mitchell Trubisky- is showing much improvement, the Vikings defensive front is ranked top 10 in the league. Will the bears have enough offensive power to Overtime a stingy Minnesota defense? We will find out next week at Soldiers Field as the Bears try to move closer to first place in the NFC North.