By: Jay Patel (@jpatel2444)
Final Score: Bears Win 27-23
The Chicago Bears kicked off the new season with a comeback win against the Detroit Lions, 27-23. Mitchell Trubisky (20-36, 242 yards, and three TDs) showed out in the fourth quarter, throwing all three of his TD passes and leading a Bears rally. There were probably more mistakes than successes in the game, but for now, let’s take the win.
For the first three quarters, the Lions were in full control. They had a 23-6 lead heading into the final quarter. Adrian Peterson (93 yards on 14 carries) torched the Bears defense on several runs. TE T.J. Hockenson (five catches, 56 yards, and one TD) hauled in several clutch passes. Finally, QB Matthew Stafford (24/42, 297 yards, TD, INT) caught fire in in the 3rd quarter, but fell flat in the fourth including throwing a costly interception late in the game. The Lions seemed to be heading for a W, but mistake after mistake cost them a key division game.
There’s a lot to be excited about with the Bears offense. First off, the run game was solid behind David Montgomery (64 rushing yards), Tarik Cohen (41 rushing yards), and Cordarrelle Patterson (19 rushing yards). Even Trubisky contributed 26 yards on the ground. After a dismal running game last season, the Bears run game has tons of potential. The addition of Patterson to the run game is also a big plus.
Behind Anthony Miller (four receptions, 76 yards, and one TD) and Allen Robinson (five receptions for 74 yards), the Bears have established a lethal 1-2 WR duo. Rookie Darnell Mooney also flashed his speed and excellent route running, hauling in three catches for 38 yards. Veteran Jimmy Graham caught a TD pass, showing he’s still a viable red-zone target. Javon Wims was the other Bear to record a TD. I would like to see Ted Ginn Jr. and Cole Kmet get more involved next game, but the Bears passing attack is going to be fun to watch.
Chicago’s defense wasn’t as dominant as they usually are, but they managed to come up clutch when needed. Akiem Hicks took down Stafford for a crucial sack that led to a missed field goal by Matt Prater. Kyle Fuller caught a tipped ball for an INT deep in Lions territory to set up a game-winning Anthony Miller touchdown. Khalil Mack only had four tackles, but had six QB pressures, and with Robert Quinn potentially coming back this week, I like Mack’s chances to pick it up.
The Bears started off slow, but Money Mitch shined in crunch time. It wasn’t a perfect game, but the Bears came out with a win. With another winnable game against the New York Giants next week, the Bears can really start getting into a rhythm. Trust Mitch and the D, and the Bears will continue to turn heads. #BearDown.