The Chicago Bears notched their 4th victory of the season on Sunday when they came into Cincinnati and rudely pushed around their Bengal hosts. The Bengals seemed like they wanted to part in stopping the Bears, nor did they have a lot of interest in doing much on offense. My guess is they were still licking their wounds from the Sunday night fight vs the Steelers.
Mitchell Trubisky threw for 271 yards and a touchdown, and ran for a score. He looked good throughout the day, he was probably not as accurate as his stats said he was. Receivers actually extended, jumped, and made plays for the rookie QB, which was nice to see. Tight end Adam Shaheen caught 4 passes for 41 yards, including one in the endzone for a touchdown. Safety Eddie Jackson picked off his second pass of the year, which lead to a score. Tarik Cohen rushed for 80 yards, but had at least one score taken back because of a penalty. Basically, the rookies looked good today. It was a good day for Ryan Pace and the scouting department.
Jordan Howard had his way, romping for 147 yards and 2 TDs. He bounced back nicely from the last 2 weeks or so. The big thing for me is the offense had several long drives that resulted in points. Keeps the defense fresh and hungry. Later in the game when the score was lopsided, they were able to put pressure on, and keep the Bengals down.
What does it mean? Very little for John Fox and the coaching staff. Word around town is that Pace has already been making his list, and checking it twice. Unfortunately, this means Fox and his staff will most likely end up with a bunch of coal in their stockings. Dowell Loggains seemed to call his best game of the year. Although, at times, it seemed kind of predictable going between run and pass. The offensive line did a nice job in both run and pass blocking.
It’s kind of ‘too little, too late’, but better to see improvement than none at all. The players are still fighting for Fox, and some of them for their own NFL careers. Would have been nice if they had shown this vs Green Bay, and last week vs the 49ers. A win is a win though, and it feels much better than losing. Next week they play the Lions up in Detroit on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully it will be a competitive game.