The Chicago Bears took a major hit, depending who you ask, but still managed to win a pivotal divisional game at Soldier Field Sunday afternoon. The defense was up to their usual antics while Chase Daniel did exactly what he needed to secure a victory.
To be completely honest with you, I truly don’t have a ton to say about this game. it was not the most entertaining piece of work from a fan’s perspective. It is my civil duty to give you my thoughts on each and every game though so here goes nothing.
The biggest takeaway from this game has to be Mitch Trubisky going down on the first drive. Personally, I think this is a big hit to the Bears offense, others may have secretly been okay with this. Chase Daniel is going to come in and manage the game. He won’t make many mistakes but he also won’t make many big plays. He is the backup you want in this situation. There should be more news on the extent of this injury shortly. With the Raiders and a bye week looming hopefully Mitch can return when the Saints march into Chicago week 7.
There were some big holes to fill on the defense with Roquan Smith and Akiem Hicks sidelined, thankfully two guys named Nick came to play. Nick Kwiatkowski was all over the field Sunday afternoon, leading the team with 10 total tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for a loss. His friend Nick Williams, or as Khalil Mack calls him “black Nick”, had 7 total tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Nick Williams has been in the NFL since 2014 and he never had a sack before this year. He currently has 4 this season, keep it up big fella! Bears defensive backups Nick Kwiatkowski, Roy Robertson-Harris, and Nick Williams combined for 19 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 5 QB hits, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble. The Bears held the Vikings to 222 total yards, sacked Kirk Cousins 6 times, and forced 2 turnovers. With pivotal members of this defense out, you really just have to stand up and tip your cap to this unit once again. Lastly, before you go to sleep tonight please get down on your knees and thank the man above for blessing this Bears defense with Khalil Mack.
The Bears were very sloppy in the first half, accumulating 7 penalties. This is something that needs to be cleaned up as the year goes on. Thankfully the Vikings suck and couldn’t capitalize on these mistakes.
The biggest question from this game is why wasn’t Roquan Smith on the field? He was scratched from the game hours before kickoff due to “personal reasons”. Matt Nagy would not comment on this post game. There have been plenty of speculations on the twittersphere. There is a tweet floating around that Roquan had crashed his car drunk driving the night before the game. Drunk driving is a terrible idea and this would not be good if this was the case. That being said, he would be in good company with Bears linebackers crashing their high end vehicle and ditching the scene of the crime.
Friends, I have an even juicier rumor about why Roquan Smith did not play. The Bears wore throwback uniforms from a time when African Americans were not allowed to play for the team. The Bears players were proud to be the first African Americans to wear these jerseys and even made a cool video explaining the importance. I have a source who informed me that Roquan did not play because he refused to play in these jerseys. My source is my friend’s frat bro’s roommate’s friend is buddies with Kwiatkowski. Seems like a pretty legit source if you ask me.
This game may have been relatively ugly but as a Bears fan you have to be happy with a victory against a divisional opponent while missing key players. The Bears now head across the pond to face the Oakland Raiders who will be without Vontaze Burfict. The Bears should take care of business and head into the bye week with a 4-1 record. Hopefully Mitch can take some time to heal and we can see him in week 7.