The Bears defense is once again the talk of the NFL after an absolutely dominant performance against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Chicago won the game, 16-6, with a backup quarterback and another all-around average offensive output.
Through four games this season, the Bears have relied on their defense en route to a 3-1 record and they are closing in on a first-place standing in the NFC North. Khalil Mack is leading the way again with four sacks and four forced fumbles, marking the second year in a row that he's accomplished that stat line in Chicago after one month of play.
Mack isn't the only Bears defender who's enjoying a great start to the season, however. As a team, Chicago is fifth in total yards allowed per game, third in rushing yards allowed per game, and third in both sacks and interceptions. Needless to say, there's been no regression under defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano.
Mack joined Deion Sanders on NFL Gameday Prime and talked about this special group.
"To be honest, I don't really see a dropoff," Mack told Sanders Sunday night. "Only thing that hasn't really happened as much is turnovers.
"I don't really see a weakness, man. We stop the run, I mean, you can give up some short throws here and there but that's about it. You got Kyle Fuller, Prince, you got Eddie Jackson, you got HaHa, you got all these dudes man. Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith, Big Nick, then you got Big Akiem, there's not too many weaknesses on defense, man. It's looking real good."
It's one thing to be a great player, it's another to be a great leader. We all know Mack is the engine that makes the Bears' defense run, but for him to identify so many of his teammates and give credit to the guys who line up alongside him is an example of what makes him so special. It's not about him; it's about the Bears.
In Week 4's win over the Vikings, it was all about the Bears defense.