The Chicago Bears lost a football game for the first time in six weeks and it came with their backup quarterback playing terribly for the majority of the game.
With the decision to rest Mitch Trubisky as he wasn’t quite at 100%, Chase Daniel was in charge and saying he played poorly would be putting it lightly.
He threw a pick-six on the second play from scrimmage, underthrew what would’ve been a touchdown to Tarik Cohen that resulted in another interception and threw countless bad throws that could’ve also been picked off by the New York Giants.
Strong performances from Jordan Howard, Cohen and a couple highlight catches from Allen Robinson bailed Daniel out and kept the Bears in the game along with another solid outing from the defense despite only forcing one turnover.
It was as ugly a game as we’ve seen all year and it was a miracle that they were able hang around, let alone almost beat the Giants in overtime.
A loss to a 3-8 opponent is always a tough pill to swallow, but the rest of the NFC North also collecting losses on Sunday made the defeat a tad bit more palatable.
It’s December and the Bears still are in first place in the division with a game and a half lead and are now four games above .500.
If you asked fans in the beginning of the year if they’d be okay with this scenario through thirteen weeks, it’d be a resounding yes.
So even if the Bears lost a game they absolutely should’ve won, it’s all going to be okay.
They were able to win one game without Trubisky at quarterback and didn’t risk an Andrew Luck kind of situation by making his injury worse, which is the important thing.
We’ve all seen how well this offense gels when Trubisky is at the helm, and he’ll be at 100 percent for the biggest matchup of the year Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams. The Bears don’t necessarily have an “easy” matchup the rest of the season, but there’s no reason to think their playoff or division chances are in jeopardy.
They may not beat the Rams on Sunday night, and that also won’t be the end of the world but don’t expect this team to roll over because of a negative outcome in one game.
Just like when the Bears lost back to back games against the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, this team is more than capable of bouncing back and finishing strong. Chicago’s back isn’t up against the wall yet, but if it gets to that point, fans need to remember what the Bears are capable of when healthy.
With four games left, we’re about to see what this team is made of. There’s no reason to believe they won’t be prepared for any kind of adversity they’ll come across over the season’s final month.
Regardless of the outcome, this is a year we’ll all remember and it’s just the beginning of the Nagy-Trubisky era in Chicago, so take the results as they come and enjoy the process.