Bears Survive in Detroit

In Week 1 of the NFL season, the Chicago Bears completed a 4th Quarter comeback to beat the Detroit Lions, 27-23. The Bears struggled to get anything going on offense for the first 3 quarters of the game, giving flashes of the 2019 struggles. Prior to the 4th, Trubisky struggled to complete most of his passes, including several questionable throws that were behind or above his intended targets. Trubisky and the Bears offense came alive in the 4th with Trubisky going 8-10 on his passes for 89 yards and 3 TDs. Trubisky finished 20-36 for 242 Yards and 3 TDs.



The Bears were able to establish a run game early with Montgomery, Cohen, and Patterson all taking reps from the backfield. The Bears finished with 149 yards and a 5.3 average per rush. The Offensive Line had a solid game leading the way for the Bears rushing attack, while only giving up 1 sack on the day. 


The biggest surprise was the way the Bears were torched on the ground on the defensive side of the football. The Bears gave up 138 on the ground, with Adrian Peterson leading the rushing attack with 93 yards and big plays that showed flashes of his Minnesota Vikings days. 


The Bears defense for the most part has had a strong performance against the run under Coach Matt Nagy. The Bears defense also did not come alive until the 4th Quarter when they were able to get big stops in the run game and Eddie Jackson’s pass break up that led to a Kyle Fuller interception. Rookie Jaylon Johnson made his Bears debut playing a solid, well rounded game. Robert Quinn was out of the Week 1 matchup. 



Detroit had an opportunity to win the game late in the 4th Quarter when rookie RB D’Andre Swift dropped the game winning touchdown in the final seconds. For anyone who watched the game, as impressive as the Bears comeback was, the Bears did not win the game, rather Detroit lost it. The Lions dominated total yardage with 426 as opposed to the Bears 363. 


The lack of preseason showed for both teams as there were no live reps taken before today’s game. As for the Bears, it is too early to determine what the team struggles could be. Trubisky had very solid completions late in the game including the game winning pass to Anthony Miller. The Bears should look to improve in all phases of the game following this matchup. The Bears push forth to Week 2 at home against the New York Giants.



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