If the Chicago Bears find a way to score more offensive touchdowns in the second half, maybe they can have celebrations that rival this one from the Philadelphia Eagles:
When baseball and football collide we all win: pic.twitter.com/wQjw2MQHNh
— The Ten-Yard Line (@TheTenYardLine) November 4, 2017
- The first step toward more unique celebrations will be to get the offense in order. It starts with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who Kyle Crabbs of FanRag Sports writes had one of the four worst rookie performances of Week 8. Trubisky hasn’t been asked to do much in his four weeks as a starter, but has thrown soul-crushing, game-clinching interceptions when he has been asked to win games int he fourth quarter. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Bears’ offensive brain trust, which is tasked with developing a game plan to aid in developing their quarterback and aid a top-notch defense in winning games.
- JJ Stankevitz of NBC Sports Chicago writes a major part of Trubisky’s development continues to be ball control. Even though Trubisky hasn’t shown a mastery of the Bears’ offense just yet, he has (for the most part) been able to keep the team in games because he hasn’t thrown interceptions. Trubisky’s 2.5 percent interception rate is an improvement from Mike Glennon’s 3.5 percent rate. And if you’ll recall, Glennon’s struggles with limiting turnovers ultimately led to his benching.
- Mark Sanchez hasn’t played a regular season down for the Bears and hasn’t even been on the 46-man active roster for any of the team’s eight games. But that hasn’t kept him from having a positive impact on Trubisky’s development. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times looks at what Sanchez brings to the table as a third-string quarterback. This is the second consecutive year in which Sanchez has played an advisory role, doing so last year with Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. The re-worked Bears quarterback room hasn’t yielded the kind of results in the box scores one would hope for, but expectations should be tempered with a rookie quarterback under center.
- Defensively, the Bears are getting it done all over the field. The secondary is much improved from 2016, thanks in part to cornerback Prince Amukamara. In his weekly observations at Pro Football Focus, Nathan Jahnke notes that Amukamara hasn’t been thrown at during 50 coverage snaps in the fourth quarter. That makes his 0.0 yards per coverage snap in the fourth the best among NFL cornerbacks.
- The Bears aren’t playing on Sunday, but if they were, they would have the NFL’s second best safety by PFF’s standards. Bryson Vesnaver breaks down the 10 best safeties entering Week 9, which features Adrian Amos as No. 2. Only Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings ranks higher. Amos has 17 solo stops, which is the sixth most among safeties, but he has improved by leaps and bounds in coverage. The third-year safety from Penn State is allowing just 0.21 yards per coverage snap, which is the 11th best among qualifying safeties.
- Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton found himself on the trading block, but ultimately stayed put when the Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline pass. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star explains Hilton’s lack of production isn’t all his fault. Several factors have played into the decline in production, though missing Andrew Luck should be at the top of that list. Whether Hilton’s name is dangled in trade talks after the season ends remains to be seen, but the winds of change could be circling Indianapolis during the offseason.