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Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

Danny Trevathan on vicious hit on Davante Adams: 'It wasn't intentional'

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Danny Trevathan’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Davante Adams will likely earn the Bears’ linebacker a fine, and possibly a suspension. But the message from both locker rooms after the Green Bay Packers’ 35-14 win on Thursday was clear: It wasn’t intentional, and unfortunately, that’s just football. 

The hit clearly rattled players on both teams — as soon as Adams went to the ground and wasn’t moving, Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee was seen frantically waving toward the Packers’ sideline to bring trainers out. Fortunately, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said after the game that “everything looks positive” for the 6-foot-2, 216 pound receiver. 

“I was just trying to make a play,” Trevathan said. “It wasn’t intentional. I was just trying to hustle to the ball and do my job, and unfortunately he ended up hurt. I’m sorry about that. I’m going to reach out to him and try to send him a message. We play a physical game but you never wish that on nobody.”

Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks had a clear view of the hit and had Trevathan’s back on it, too. 

“I told Danny, you’re just playing football, you’re just trying to make noise and bang pads and stuff that we’re asked to do,” Hicks said. “I know there was no malicious intent behind it. He’s just playing the game that he’s been playing since he was a young man.”

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes there wasn’t anything nefarious behind Trevathan’s hit, either. 

“He’s a tough player,” Rodgers said. “I don’t think he was intentionally trying to hurt Tae (Adams), but he did give him a good whack and unfortunately Tae got knocked out.”

Intentional or not, though, Trevathan could get hit with a suspension. For a Bears defense already missing two starting inside linebackers, losing Trevathan would be a massive blow. 

“I don’t think it should be a suspension, but you never know,” Trevathan said. “But just want to send a prayer out — my main concern is that he’s okay.” 

Return of the Monsters of the Midway: Bears defense has huge day in win over Panthers

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Return of the Monsters of the Midway: Bears defense has huge day in win over Panthers

Are the Monsters of the Midway back?

You wouldn’t be wrong for feeling that way after watching yet another strong performance from the Bears’ defense in Sunday’s 17-3 win over the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.

Highlighted by Eddie Jackson’s pair of 75-yard turnover-return touchdowns, the Bears’ defense had a second straight highlight-reel display on Sunday. In addition to Jackson’s takeaways, the defense also added a fourth-quarter interception for a third takeaway, sacked Cam Newton five times and kept the Panthers completely out of the end zone.

For those keeping score at home: That’s two full games without allowing an offensive touchdown.

And they did it all while constantly being on the field. Thanks to Jackson’s touchdowns, the Bears’ offense got to stay on the sideline more than usual, the Bears’ offense possessing the ball for fewer than 7 minutes in the first half and only 21 minutes and 25 seconds on the game overall. And when the offense did take the field, the results were poor, meaning a quick turnaround for the defense.

The overworked defense didn’t always keep the Panthers from marching down the field, but the Panthers never found the end zone, Newton’s inaccuracies assisting the terrific play of the Bears’ defense, which technically forced four turnovers, if you count a third-quarter turnover on downs.

And that’s all before mentioning that the defense supplied almost the entirety of the Bears’ scoring output for the day on Jackson’s first-quarter fumble-return touchdown and his second-quarter interception-return touchdown. Both went 75 yards as Jackson, playing a year to the day from the end of his collegiate career with a broken leg at Alabama, became the first defensive player ever to have two 75-yard-plus return touchdowns in an NFL game.

If you’re having flashbacks to the last decade, when Lovie Smith’s defenses had a habit of being bigger scoring threats than the offense, you’re not alone. Twitter lit up with Mike Brown comparisons for Jackson.

Great day for the rookie, great day for the defense.

No offense to be found

Meanwhile, the Bears’ offense did next to nothing on a day when the defense was excellent.

Mitch Trubisky was mostly silent in his third career game, the obvious exception being his 70-yard heave to Tarik Cohen. Trubisky’s deep ball landed in his fellow rookie’s hands, and Cohen did the rest scampering all the way down to the 5-yard line.

Of course, the Bears’ offense failed there, unable to cover five yards in three plays for a touchdown. Trubisky attempted to rush in on third down, racing to the pylon and diving for the score. It was initially ruled a touchdown, but a replay review determined he was down short of the goal line. The Bears settled for a field goal on that drive, and it was the only scoring drive the offense engineered all day.

In the end, the numbers were disgusting. The Bears accumulated just 153 yards, picked up just five first downs, went 2-for-11 on third downs and scored just three points. Trubisky barely even threw the ball, completing just four of his seven passes for 107 yards.

Good thing the defense was so good — and scored 14 points — because the offense was practically non-existent.

Eddie Jackson, you are ridiculous! Wild facts about rookie safety's NFL-first touchdown combo

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Eddie Jackson, you are ridiculous! Wild facts about rookie safety's NFL-first touchdown combo

When you do something that’s never been done before in an NFL game, you’ve done something pretty special.

Eddie Jackson had himself a jaw-dropping day Sunday, returning not one but two Carolina Panthers turnovers 75 yards for touchdowns in the first half of the Bears’ Week 7 contest, the first time ever a defensive player had multiple return touchdowns of 75 yards or more.

The Panthers had little trouble moving the ball downfield on their first possession of the game, but quarterback Cam Newton’s option pitch was fumbled, allowing Jackson to pick it up and dash down the sideline 75 yards for a score.

Then in the second quarter, the Panthers got inside the Bears’35-yard line, only for a Newton pass to be batted up in the air by Prince Amukamara and land in Jackson’s hands. The rookie safety again ran back 75 yards for a Bears touchdown.

And how about this: Jackson's huge performance came a year to the day that his collegiate career ended with a broken leg at Alabama.

Some more wild facts from Jackson’s remarkable first half:

Incredible. And that was just in the first half.