FINALLY! Bears Beat Lions and Earn Their First NFC North Win in a Very Long Time

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FINALLY! Bears Beat Lions and Earn Their First NFC North Win in a Very Long Time

Analysis and Commentary

Sunday was a day of first for the first-place Chicago Bears.

Leonard Floyd’s first sack? Check. Allen Robinson’s first 100-yard and multi-touchdown games? Check and check. But the most important first is the Bears’ first division win of the 2018 season, a 34-22 triumph against the Detroit Lions. It was the first time the Bears have tamed the Lions in 770 days and the team’s first win against an NFC North rival first in 741 days … not that anyone was counting.

It was also the first time I’ve ever seen a kicker hit the upright four times on missed kicks, but there’s no need to dwell on that is there? Well, at least not right now. Let’s enjoy this very nice start the Bears are off to in 2018.

After a week full of back-and-forth discussion regarding what quarterback Mitch Trubisky is and what he can be, there was no debate to be had after the Bears’ win against the Lions. Trubisky played a great game from start to finish. He dropped dimes all over the field, used his legs to extend plays, showed touch on some deep passes, and accuracy, too. Propelled by a strong first half, Trubisky finished with a career-best 355 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, a rushing score, and a 148.6 passer rating. Trubisky averaged 11.8 yards per attempt and completed 23 of 30 passes. Assuming my calculator isn’t broken, that comes out to a 76.7 percent completion rate. And to think, the most important number might have been a 0, as in the number of interceptions thrown by Trubisky against the Lions.

Defensively, the Bears collected six sacks, seven tackles for loss, and eight quarterback hits on Matthew Stafford. Khalil Mack contributed two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits in his return because of course he did. As if you expected anything less from the best defensive player in football.

Chicago took care of business, which sets them up for a Sunday night showdown a week from tonight against the Vikings. It’s a big one, folks. And I can’t wait to take it all in!


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Luis Medina

Luis is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation Bears, and you can find him on Twitter at @lcm1986.