Chicago Bears first-year head coach Matt Nagy was hired for many reasons, but one necessity that is always preached in Chicago is winning NFC North games, especially in November and December. Nagy did just that with Chicago’s dominating 34-22 victory at home over the Detroit Lions.
Nagy called what was probably his best game of the season. A huge issue with Detroit is their run defense, so Nagy obviously tried to get the run game going from the jump. When that wasn’t very successful, he would eventually try to go back to it, and also call boots and play actions for Mitch Trubisky to use his playmaking and scrambling ability to move the chains.
On the other side of the ball, Vic Fangio had a fantastic gameplan for the talented Bears’ defense. He called his fair share of blitzes, highlighted by two corner blitzes leading to a sack from his secondary and several from his linebacking core. Most importantly, the defense generated three takeaways while the offense did not have one turnover for the Bears.
With a lot of credit to his coaches and teammates, Trubisky came out firing, and shut up his critics with his talk out on the field today. Trubisky had his best decision-making of the season with over 75 percent completion and a career-high in 355 yards all while throwing for three scores and running for another.
There may be a lot of criticism on the young quarterback coming from media around the nation, but those national members clearly do not watch the tape of these games. Trubisky has improved his decision-making greatly, made throws to his left and even scrambled to create when things broke down on a huge third-down play.
For a second-year quarterback in his brand new system, that’s all you can really ask for.
Per usual, Chicago won the turnover battle and had several more sacks than the Lions. The Bears even had 97 more yards than Detroit despite running 19 fewer plays. Chicago was efficient, and both Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller showed their explosiveness on the outside while the Bears scored in multiple different ways as the fifth-highest scoring team in the league.
There are certainly areas to improve, as the running game wasn’t where it should be, and the special teams were awful for Chicago. But overall, the team did what it had to and more to secure their first NFC North win in over two years.
These young Bears are now 6-3, playing their best football of the year and having fun doing it. To the rest of the NFC, look out for the Monsters of the Midway. They’re here to stay.