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 ChicagoBears.com.
With the Bears playing the Raiders Sunday, can you list all the players who were involved in the blockbuster Khalil Mack trade?
Sure, the Bears acquired Khalil Mack from the Raiders Sept. 1, 2018 along with 2020 second- and seventh-round draft picks that they spent on tight end Cole Kmet and offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, respectively. The Bears traded four picks to the Raiders, including first-round selections that they spent on running back Josh Jacobs at No. 24 in 2019 and cornerback Damon Arnette at No. 19 in 2020. The Raiders also chose receiver Bryan Edwards in the third round in 2020 and dealt a 2019 sixth-round pick they obtained from the Bears to the Jets, who took cornerback Blessuan Austin.
Why didn't Trevis Gipson get credit for a second sack when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in last Sunday's game at Soldier Field?
I wondered the same thing, Michael. The play you're referring to occurred midway through the fourth quarter in last weekend's win over the Lions. Jared Goff dropped back to pass, Trevis Gipson forced him to fumble three yards behind the line of scrimmage and Goff scooped up the loose ball and gained seven yards. I thought for sure that should be a sack and actually researched the last time a fumble was recovered by the offense and carried for positive yards. It was Dec. 15, 2013 when Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked by the Cardinals' Marcus Benard and Tennessee center Brian Schwenke recovered the fumble and picked up four yards. According to the NFL, the reason that Benard was credited with a sack and Gipson was not is that Goff recovered his own fumble and gained positive yards, so it is characterized in the official stats as a run.
It seems like it's been a while since the Bears completed multiple deep passes in a game. If I'm correct, Justin Fields completed five passes of over 20 yards against the Lions. When was the last time the Bears completed that many in a game?
Franklin, North Carolina
Yes, Justin Fields completed five passes of 20-plus yards versus Detroit: 64, 32 and 21 yards to Darnell Mooney and 28 and 27 yards to Allen Robinson II. The last time that happened was Nov. 8, 2020 against the Titans in Tennessee when Nick Foles connected on throws of 27 and 22 yards to Robinson, 22 yards to Mooney, 34 yards to Anthony Miller and 24 yards to Jimmy Graham.
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