To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bears' kicker Eddy Piñeiro was named NFC special teams player of the week today.
This probably had something to do with it:
Piñeiro's Sunday in Denver also included makes from 40 and 52. He's now 4-4 on FG attempts on the year, and is the only kicker in the NFL who has a 100% completion rate from 50+ yards (2/2).
Per a Bears press released, Sunday was marked the first time a Bears kicker made two 50+ yard field goals in the same game since Week 12 of the 2011 season at the Raiders.
Hold off on those panic tweets!
Down 9-0 (safeties, lol), things were looking bleak in Chicago. Then, in the span of like 10 seconds and 102 yards, Cordarrelle Patterson single-handedly reminded Bears fans all over the country that the game was not, in fact, over yet:
It had been a while since the Bears had a kickoff return TD at Soldier, too:
The Bears just announced their inactive list, and as expected, Mitch Trubisky is ready to go:
Trubisky and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols will both return after missing time with a dislocated shoulder and broken hand, respectively. Trubisky has been out since Week 4's game against the Vikings and Nichols hasn't played since breaking his hand against the Broncos.
Reserve offensive lineman Ted Larsen will also return, his first game since hurting his knee against the Vikings as well. It'll up to Larsen and Rashaad Coward to fill in at guard, especially with Alex Bars being a healthy scratch. Long was put on IR earlier in the week, and while Coward took most of the first-team reps in practice, head coach Matt Nagy didn't rule out the possibility of rotating the two early in the game.