Fortunately for Matt Nagy, the Bears didn’t get blown out in Sunday’s 31-28 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins. But for a team that espouses legitimate playoff aspirations this season, they couldn’t have been less inspiring.
The Bears slightly increased their lead in the NFC North on Sunday. And they didn’t even have to suit up and play a game to do it.
Most of the talk leading up to Sunday’s game centered around a question about Tampa Bay’s quarterback situation.
Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith used to have goal for his defenses: win the turnover battle. Smith wanted at least three takeaways, and he offered some statistic -- of which I can’t remember -- that correlated with higher win percentage. Smith's defenses were annually at or near the top of the league in takeaways.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way for second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky.
It’s only been one-eighth of a regular season -- a nod to former Bears head coach Lovie Smith -- and yet the Khalil Mack trade is inarguably paying dividends for Bears general manager Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears.
The Bears defense exhibited another dominant performance in Monday night's 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. And although quarterback Mitch Trubisky was inconsistent in his play, he did engineer three scoring drives and threw two touchdown passes in the win.
There’s always a tinge of apprehension in the air anytime the Bears are playing the Packers.
When the news first broke on Friday that Bears head coach Matt Nagy had decided to rest his starters for the dress rehearsal preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, disappointment was the first emotion that I felt.
With an extra game on the preseason schedule, thanks to an appearance in the Hall of Fame game, it seems as though it’s taken forever to get to that important, yet not so much “dress rehearsal” game.