Bears ride rebound momentum

CHICAGO, IL. – Heading into the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL), the Chicago Bears were looking to be at the top of the rankings. However, the season has not turned out the way the Bears were hoping, as they have already suffered more losses than their previous 2018 season. Now, they must claw their way back to have any thought of making the playoffs. Sunday, Nov. 10, the Bears did just that with a much needed 20-13 win against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Soldier Field was packed with hungry fans salivating for a victory after seeing three straight losses. The game began like every other week: a struggle to score on offense and fans booing. Chicago punted on their first four drives to start the game as they ran 15 plays for only 20 yards.

Their fifth drive had fans thinking they were seeing flashbacks to a much simpler time. Mitchell Trubisky lead the Bears downfield going eighty yards on 10 plays. It concluded with Ben Braunecker’s first career touchdown. Bears held the 6-7 lead at the half.

Bears were not done yet. To open up the second half, Trubisky on a 2nd and 7 floated a pass to Allen Robinson to move up 33 yards before being tackled. A few plays later, Trubisky threw a complete pass to Tarik “The Human Joystick” Cohen for a nine-yard reception and another Bears touchdown. Kicker Eddie Pineiro could not convert the PAT, giving the Bears only a 6-13 lead.

A 2019 Bears game is not complete without a notable play from one of the members of the Bears’ defense. On the third play of the Lions first drive of the second half, linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski intercepted Jeff Driskell’s pass to Kenny Golladay. This was Kwiatkowski’s first career interception.

Driskell was a last-minute substitution for Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford after he was ruled inactive with hip and back injuries. Stafford snapped his 136-consecutive-starts streak, which began in 2010.

Next, the Bears did the unthinkable and performed three straight offensive drives and scored a touchdown. With great field possession from Kwiatkowski’s interception, it only took three plays to go 25 yards. First one, Taylor Gabriel made no ground – actually falling back a yard – but would bounce back on the third play. Trubisky hit Gabriel in the end-zone for the 24-yard touchdown reception to put the Bears up 19-13. Pineiro’s extra point extended the lead to 20-13.

Lions answered back in the fourth quarter with a Galloday touchdown with 5:53 left in the game. They had two more possessions in those final five minutes; however, the final Lions’ drive fell short as Driskell overthrew Marvin Jones on a 4th and 7 in Chicago territory. Either way, a score would not have counted because it was ruled an illegal forward pass penalty. Bears become victorious when the clock expired, with a 20-13 victory at Soldier Field. They move to 2-3 at home this season and push into third place in the NFC North standings.

Trubisky finished the day going 16 for 23 for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rookie David Montgomery lead the team rushing yards with his 60 yards on 17 carries. Despite no touchdowns, Allen Robinson carried the offense downfield. He led the team with 86 yards on 6 receptions.

Nick Kwiatkowski also deserves recognition for his contributions on defense on Sunday afternoon. He was second in tackles with 10 (one behind Roquan Smith’s 11), but led the team with nine solo tackles. He also had a sack, a tackle for a loss, and a huge third-quarter interception.

The Chicago Bears are now 4-5 with seven games left in the season, leaving the team with plenty of time to push for the playoffs. This is especially true as three of those seven games are against divisional opponents. Bear play next on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Los Angeles against the Rams.

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Xavier is a staff writer for The Lorian.

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