In the aftermath of the Bears’ 20-13 win over the Lions, here’s what writers around the country are saying about the team:
“Bears coach Matt Nagy refuses to change. He opened the doors to Club Dub, the Bears postgame locker room dance party, after Sunday's victory over Detroit, even though the team had lost four straight coming in and is 4-5 on the year. 'I never considered not doing it,' Nagy said. 'It's who we are.' He recalled one year in Kansas City when the Chiefs were 1-5 and found a way to make the playoffs. 'I keep reminding myself of that,' Nagy said. The Bears face long odds, but there is no quit in the second-year head coach.” –Jeff Dickerson | Read More
“Mitch Trubisky deserved an A-plus for body language. His fist pump was understated with a subtle oomph, perfectly appropriate for a touchdown pass that didn’t erase the weeks of frustration that preceded it.
“He had to celebrate somehow, though. Trubisky hadn’t completed a touchdown pass in three weeks. Even if much of Chicago simply shrugged, the maligned quarterback deserved to exhale.” –Rich Campbell | Read More
“This win only matters in the big picture if the Bears turn it into another win, and then another, and then another — and Trubisky builds off it into a strong final eight games in Year 3. But whether it’s the spark to a season-saving winning streak or just a one-game reprieve in a lost year doesn’t matter in the short term.
Because in the short term, opening the doors to Club Dub was exactly what the Bears needed.” –JJ Stankevitz | Read More
“[Danny] Trevathan left in the first quarter after his arm bent the wrong way under Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel’s legs and quickly went to the locker room. Coach Matt Nagy said he was unsure about the severity of the injury.
“[Nick] Kwiatkoski offset that loss by playing perhaps the best game of his career. He intercepted Driskel early in the third quarter to set the Bears up for a scoring drive from the Lions’ 25, sacked him in the fourth and finished second on the team with nine tackles.” –Jason Lieser | Read More
“This win could certainly have been downplayed considering it came with Driskel playing quarterback. He'd only been with the Lions since Sept. 17 and finished 27 of 46 for 269 yards. He had the Lions at the Bears 28 and trying for the tie but an incompletion in the end zone ended the game.
“The Bears also had their win tempered by losing defensive leader Danny Trevathan to what looked like a bad arm injury, although they didn't reveal the extent.
“Still, after four straight losses, to go into Los Angeles against the Rams next week at 4-5 is a major step forward for the Bears. They even had Club Dub going afterward in the locker room.” –Gene Chamberlain | Read More
“[Ben] Braunecker now has a total of 10 receptions in 45 games. Sunday was the realization of the NFL dream — sticking around for special teams for season after season only to finally get a chance to score a touchdown. And this was a big one for an offense desperate for a spark. –Kevin Fishbain | Read More