Green Bay 10, Chicago 3:
Week 1 is officially in the books, as the Bears just wrapped up a 10-3 loss against the Packers from Soldier Field on Thursday night. After eight long months of waiting for meaningful football, fans finally have some real tape to dissect before next Sunday’s game in Denver. It wasn’t exactly the prettiest game of football ever played, and there will be plenty the Bears look to improve on this week at Halas Hall. For now, who was good? And who wasn’t? A review:
ARROW UP - Defensive Line
What a game for two of the defense’s less-heralded pass rushers. No one looked better on Thursday night than Roy Robertson-Harris, who had three tackles – two of them for a loss – and a sack. Robertson-Harris was consistently the most disruptive player on the field in the first half:
Then there was Leonard Floyd, who also had two of his three tackles for a loss. Not to be outdone by Robertson-Harris, Floyd had two sacks:
One of the more explosive bull rushes I’ve seen out of Leonard Floyd. Gets right under the pads of Bakhtiari: https://t.co/DHrIYVdQlq— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) September 6, 2019
On the night, the Bears had got to Aaron Rodgers five times (Floyd twice, Robertson-Harris, Akiem Hicks and Aaron Lynch) and generally looked dominant against an overwhelmed Green Bay line. They also neutralized the Packers’ running game, allowing Green Bay to only rush for 47 yards on 22 attempts (2.1 yards per rush).
On a night where the offense looked messy and disorganized, the Bears’ front seven reminded everyone just what makes this team so good.
ARROW DOWN - QB Mitch Trubisky
With what felt like the entire city of Chicago watching to see how much the Bears’ franchise quarterback had improved this offseason, the third-year QB looked … kind of like the second-year QB. It’s not just that his final stats (26-for-45, 228 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) were lackluster; many of the throws that the Bears have spent so much time trying to eradicate still showed up during the game. The Packers dropped two easy interceptions in the first half, both of which came on attempts where he ended up throwing against his body, and towards the middle of the field. He also badly overthrew Allen Robinson – who was in double coverage – for the interception that more-or-less ended the game with two minutes left. Outside of a handful of good passes to Robinson, Trubisky looked out of rhythm, and overwhelmed, all game.
ARROW UP - ALLEN ROBINSON
If there were any silver linings to Thursday night’s offensive performance, it was the play of wide receiver Allen Robinson. Last time Robinson was playing at Soldier Field, he was setting franchise records for most receiving yards in a playoff game. He again looked the part of a true No. 1 guy, hauling in seven receptions for 102 yards. His chemistry with Trubisky is easy to see, and the Bears may finally be getting the player they envisioned when signing him to a 3-year, $42 million contract before the 2018 season.
ARROW DOWN - Coach Matt Nagy
It certainly wasn’t Nagy’s finest night as a game-caller. One can only do so much with an offense that can’t move the ball, but there were some questionable decisions throughout the evening. There were multiple short-yardage calls on 3rd-and-long, a blown-up fullback dive from Cordarrelle Patterson on 3rd-and-short at midfield and a poorly-designed end-of-half drive that saw the Bears get the ball with :43 left and punt 20 seconds later. He also opted to open the second half by going for it on 4th-and-10, instead of giving Eddy Pineiro a shot at his second field goal of the night. Packers coach Matt LaFleur – in his first game as an NFL head coach – seemed one step ahead of Nagy all night.