Where to start? The furious comeback? Benching Mitch Trubisky? Tarik Cohen's knee injury? NICK FOLES?! Sunday's comeback win against Atlanta was one of the more wild games in the Matt Nagy era. Here's where the arrows are pointing:
ARROW DOWN – Mitch Trubisky
Getting benched – two and a half weeks into the season, during the middle of a game, against one of the worst defenses in football – just about sums it up.
ARROW UP – Nick Foles
Nick Foles, man.
ARROW UP – Khalil Mack
The offsides penalty that directly preceded a 35-yard Falcons touchdown run wasn’t great, but otherwise, Mack was flying around on Sunday. He finished with half a sack and two QB hits – which would have had more if not for the second quarter personal foul called on Mario Edwards that negated a strip sack. It was far and away Mack’s best game of the year, and you can’t say that about too many other players on defense.
ARROW UP – Allen Robinson
Robinson had quite the day, putting up 10 catches for 123 yards and this impressive score:
He was also involved in the game’s weirdest play, when a would-be touchdown from Nick Foles was overturned and called an interception after Atlanta’s Darqueze Dennard wrestled it away on the ground. Still, those numbers will play any week of the year.
ARROW DOWN – Eddie Jackson
Jackson got torched by his good friend Calvin Ridley on the Falcons first play of the game, and things didn’t get much better from there. (Getting stiff-armed by Todd Gurley is something he’ll probably want to forget, too.) Atlanta finished with 238 passing yards, with Ridley responsible for 110 of them. The Falcons weren’t afraid to go at him, either: Jackson’s former teammate at Alabama caught balls for 63, 24, and 16 yards.
ARROW DOWN – The Offensive Line
After two really stellar weeks, the O-line took a step back on Sunday. Facing one of the league’s weaker fronts, the Bears’ unit allowed two sacks, two QB hits, and five tackles for a loss. Penalties were also an issue for the first time this week, as Charles Leno was called for holding and James Daniel was flagged for a false start.
ARROW UP – Akiem Hicks
No one on the Bears has had a better statistical start than Hicks, who got his third sack in three games when he brought down Matt Ryan at the end of the third quarter. The personal foul he picked up for roughing the passer wasn’t his fault – gravity can be hard to work against. The defense hasn’t been as imposing as people expected through three games, but Hicks looks healthy and productive as ever.
ARROW UP HON. MENTION – Jimmy Graham, David Montgomery, Tashaun Gipson ARROW DOWN HON. MENTION – Cairo Santos, Matt Nagy, 3rd Down Offense