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Chalk Talk: How has Borom fared at right tackle?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on

Is it just me or has Larry Borom been doing a pretty good job since making his debut and jumping into the starting lineup?
Christopher M.
San Diego, California

It's not just you, Christopher. Rookie fifth-round pick Larry Borom has performed well since replacing injured veteran Germain Ifedi and starting the last four games at right tackle. And it's not like he was able to ease into the position given that his first two starts came against the 49ers' Nick Bosa and the Steelers' T.J. Watt. Coach Matt Nagy praised Borom for his performance against Bosa and Watt and the rookie's even-keeled attitude. Said Nagy: "He never gets too high and never gets too low. Pass game, he's done a really good job. Run game, I think he's continuing to work on his pad level. But that'll continue to come. I just really like his demeanor. He has a bright football mind and he has a 'want,' which I think is crucial."

On the Lions punt that ended up being like 76 yards, why wasn't it brought back to where it hit the Lions player on the helmet? I understand there was a penalty tacked on, but it looked like the penalty was tacked on from where it was downed by Detroit.
Randy T.
Wauconda, Illinois

I wondered the same thing, because, as you stated, the punt clearly hit the Lions player in the helmet near midfield, but the penalty was assessed from where Detroit downed the ball. I actually asked coach Matt Nagy about that play Friday morning after his press conference and he told me that the "first touch" by the Lions was negated by the penalty, and that's why the penalty was walked off from where the Lions downed the punt.

How does the Bears' season usually play out after they've won on Thanksgiving?
Tim H.

The Bears have now won four straight Thanksgiving games. Here's how they fared following their three previous Turkey Day victories:

• In 2015, they lost their next game in overtime to the 49ers, beginning a stretch in which they dropped four of their final five games to finish 6-10 in John Fox's first season as coach.

• In 2018, they also lost their next game in overtime to the Giants but then closed the season with four straight victories to finish 12-4 and win the NFC North championship in Matt Nagy's first year as coach.

• In 2019, they beat the Cowboys in their next game but then lost two of their last three to finish 8-8.

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