Note: Despite the recent controversy with NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, I’m going to avoid discussing that as I like staying on topic, strictly about sports, and only sports.
The Chicago Bears got their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon as they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-17. Jordan Howard scored the 19-yard TD run in the overtime upset, helping the Bears get their first win of the season. Originally, it looked as if rookie running back Tarik Cohen was going to score when he had a huge 73-yard run, but officials ruled him out of bounds around the Steelers 37-yard line.
Perhaps one of the most embarrassing moments during the game was near the end of the first half when rookie cornerback, Marcus Cooper scooped up a blocked field goal, but started celebrating too early as the ball was swatted out of his hand at the 3-yard line by Steelers tight end, Vance McDonald. But, it just kept getting worse for the Bears as holder, Jordan Berry hit it out preventing a Bears TD. Since he intentionally hit the ball out of play, it was a penalty; but because the half cannot end on a defensive penalty, the Bears were awarded an untimed down from the Steelers 1-yard line.
This may all sound extremely confusing, and that’s because it is. It is probably one of the most bonehead plays of all time. While it was under video review, the Steelers went into the locker room at the end of the half, unaware that the Bears were huddled for the untimed down. Suddenly, Steelers players were racing back to the field, getting ready for the play to start. But just before the ball was snapped, Bears left tackle Charles Leno committed a false start, and it was backed up to the 6, so the Bears ended up settling for a field goal, leading the Steelers 17-7.
Amidst all the chaos that took place, the Bears played good football. Jordan Howard ended the day with 138 yards and 2 TD’s on 23 carries, which was much needed after his poor performance during the first 2 weeks of the 2017 season. Rookie running back Tarik Cohen was at the top of his game as well, Nicknamed, “The Human Joystick” because of his explosiveness, Cohen had 12 carries and 78 yards, making defenders all around him miss. Quarterback Mike Glennon could have contributed more, yet he still completed 15 passes with 101 yards. But, after halftime, he didn’t even attempt making a pass 10 or more yards downfield, with his longest throw being 9 yards. Questions still arise as to why Mitch Trubisky hasn’t started in any games, but John Fox sounds faithful in Glennon being a starter. Nevertheless, you have to remember that this team is still rebuilding after losing 13 games last season and Fox may be taking a different approach than in previous seasons.
The Bears next few games will be tough matchups, but after defeating the Steelers in OT, who knows what else they are capable of doing. They go up against the Packers Thursday night at 7:25 CT in Green Bay.