Bears

Whose arrows are up and down after the Bears' 34-30 loss

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Detroit Lions
USA Today

What a disaster. What a complete, thorough, total disaster. Here's where the arrows are pointing after the Bears collapse:

Arrow Down – Mitch Trubisky  Just a brutal, brutal fumble. The rest of his day wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible – and usually, that’d be just fine for the Bears. Trubisky finished a tidy 26-34 for 267 yards, and showed better decision making on more than one occasion. There were throw-aways, hot reads, and even a couple hard counts that drew the Lions’ defensive front offsides on more than one occasion. And yet, absolutely no one will remember it.  

Arrow Up – David Montgomery  Another strong performance from Montgomery, who’s been a real focal point in the offense since returning from a concussion. After rushing for 103 yards with a touchdown reception against the Packers, Montgomery followed that up with a 16 rush, 72 yard, two score performance on Sunday. He and Cordarrelle Patterson tore up Detroit’s defense all afternoon, going over 100 combined rushing yards before the two teams went into the locker room at halftime. 

Arrow Down – Robert Quinn  The Bears’ third down defense was pretty terrible all game (Detroit finished 6-11) and Quinn’s lack of production played a big role in that. He was around Stafford for much of the game, but his – and to a lesser extent, Khalil Mack’s – inability to get home cost the defense multiple opportunities to get off the field on third-and-long. So far, Quinn’s only sack of the season came on his first play with the Bears back in Week 2; his hefty contract looks more and more like one of Ryan Pace’s worst decisions in Chicago. 

 

Arrow Down – The Bears’ Corners Kyle Fuller got burned (and maybe pushed) on Detroit’s 49-yard touchdown heave at the end of the first half. Jaylon Johnson got burned (and maybe pushed) on a 9-yard score in the third, and then again on Marvin Jones’ 25-yard score with two minutes left. Buster Skrine made a nice play in stopping Detroit on 4th and 1 in the first quarter and then was generally exploited for the rest of the afternoon. His hands-to-the-face call may have been soft, but it still negated a Khalil Mack sack nonetheless. It’s not like the corners were awful, but Stafford did end the day with 402 yards – things could have gone much better. 

Arrow Up – Cordarrelle Patterson  Only about an hour after going on radio and saying he wants to retire in Chicago, the Bears jack-of-all-trades showed why that may not be the worst idea. On special teams, his 45-yard return of the opening kickoff set the Bears up nicely with a 3-0 lead, and his 4th quarter play on a Pat O’Donnell punt pinned the Lions inside their own five. On offense, the five-yard touchdown run he had in the 2nd quarter – his first since 2018 – wasn’t anything special, but it’s not like the Bears’ offense is shooting for style points these days. 

Arrow Up Hon. Mention – Cole Kmet; Bilal Nichols (!!); Allen Robinson  Arrow Down Hon. Mention – 4th down decision making; Rashaad Coward; the weather