Editor’s note: Jeremy Boyd is a junior finance major from Oswego, Illinois. Boyd's blogs will focus on professional sports.
As a Bears fan, if you ask me what comes to mind when someone says, “Arizona Cardinals,” I’m going to say 2006 Dennis Green. It was after an unbelievable comeback by the Bears that Dennis Green famously said, “They are who we thought they were, and we let ‘em off the hook.”
While Sunday’s game was not quite as impressive as the game in 2006, it had a similar story line.
The Bears defense struggled early on as Sam Bradford found a few wide-open receivers to help catapult the Cardinals to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Mitch Tribusky seemed rattled as the Cardinals defense was in his face with heavy pressure, which lead to a fumble and an interception in the first half.
Heading into half time, the Bears were trailing 14-3 and were looking beat, but in the third quarter the defense decided to show up. Eddie Jackson intercepted the ball, leading the charge for the Bears’ second-half defense. After that, on the next three possessions, the Bears’ defense would force a turnover.
However, with the sputtering offense, the Bears would only muster six more points, on two field goals. It wasn’t pretty, but the Bears pulled off the comeback and took home the win, 16-14.
Khalil Mack had another sack and forced fumble for the third week in a row. Mitch Trubisky’s stat line looks respectable, 24-35, 220 yards and 1 interception. What you don’t see in the stat line is the 17-yard sack he took, the overthrown receivers and the inability to finish off a drive. If the offense could get the ball into the end zone, this game would have been much easier to watch as the Bears had opportunities to run away with this game.
Speaking of running, Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen got going a little better this week. Between the two of them, they had 29 carries for 114 yards and 5 receptions for 35 yards. The Bears needed to throw more this week because they trailed most of the game and were trying to play catch up, but hopefully we see more of this in the coming weeks. If the Bears can get 150 yards on the ground, it will really take the pressure of Trubisky. I don’t think asking for 150 is too much. For some teams it is, but this team has the resources to control the line of scrimmage and run all day.
Around the League:
The Browns picked up their first win since Christmas Eve, 2016, as they came from behind at home to beat the Jets, with their rookie quarterback, Baker Mayfield.
Patrick Mahomes continued his dominance early in the season. His 13 touchdown passes have lead the Chiefs to a 3-0 record to start the season.
Both the Vikings and Packers were upset on Sunday, which put the Bears into first place.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Soldier Field Sunday to face off with the Bears. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the talk of the league as he has surprised everybody by throwing for over 800 yards in the first two weeks of the season. If the Bears want to come out on top, it starts with making Fitzpatrick uncomfortable in the pocket and forcing some ill-advised throws into a turnover-hungry defense. I expect the Bears to get out to an early lead with the home crowd backing them, but Fitzpatrick may be too much to handle, Bucs win 28-27.