Eddy Pineiro! Club Dub is open again, as the Bears' just pulled out a 16-14 win against the Denver Broncos. Here's whose arrows are up and down:
ARROW UP – David Montgomery
Once again, the stats don’t tell the whole story. Montgomery only finished with 62 yards on 18 rushes, but he again looked like one of the team’s most dynamic players. The rookie back was an integral part of the Bears’ 3rd quarter touchdown drive:
#Bears that drive:— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) September 15, 2019
Montgomery run, 12 yards
Patterson run, 46 yards
Montgomery run, 3 yards
Gabriel run, 14 yards
Montgomery run, 3 yards
Montgomery run, 0 yards
Incomplete pass/penalty on DEN
Montgomery run, -1 yard
Montgomery run, 1 yard
Montgomery run, 1 yard, TD
Not only was it his first career touchdown, but the score helped curb (for the time being, at least) some of the ever-growing panic that’s surrounded the offense. The Bears clearly wanted to get him more involved than he was in Week 1 – he ended the first half with more touches (8) than he had all game (7) against the Packers. If it’s possible for there to be a silver lining to the Bears’ offense, it’s Montgomery.
ARROW DOWN – Mitch Trubisky
It was better than the Green Bay game, but Trubisky’s performance still left a lot to be desired. His final stat line (16-27, 120 yds) looked clean enough, but it was the plays that he didn’t make that stood out the most. His touch on deep balls was off, under-throwing what would have been an easy touchdown to Tarik Cohen on their first drive and later badly over-throwing David Montgomery on a (questionably-called) fade route in the second quarter. This team is built so that they can afford these types of performances every once in a while and still compete, but there’s no denying it at this point: he needs to be better.
ARROW UP – Special Teams
More specifically, the guys that do the actual kicking. Eddy Pineiro continued his season’s strong start, going 3-3 on field goal attempts that included a (at the time) career-best 52-yarder in the 2nd quarter. He then, you know, hit the game-winning field goal from 53. Punter Pat O’Donnell quietly had a terrific game, racking up 257 yards on 5 punts, while averaging close to 60 yards per. He pinned the Broncos deep in their own territory more than a couple times on Sunday, highlighted by a 75-yard boomer (with the help of a fortunate bounce).
ARROW DOWN – Mike Davis
It’s been an underwhelming first two games for Davis. After rushing for only 19 yards on five carries against the Packers, Davis finished Sunday’s game with one yard on three carries. He wasn’t target once in the passing game, despite Trubisky targeting Montgomery (4) and Tarik Cohen (3) seven times. The Bears’ haven’t yet found a useful role for Davis, and it’s clear right now that he’s RB3.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of the Bears.