Chase Daniel and Taquan Mizzell Sr. aren’t the first tandem to come to mind when you envision a successful Chicago Bears passing offense, but that dynamic duo’s connection gave the team its first touchdown and a halftime lead:
Daniel’s 10-yard toss to Mizzell capped a quick 5-play, 65-yard drive they took all of 1 minute, 30 seconds to complete. The throw was Daniel’s first touchdown pass since December 29, 2013 — or a span of 1,789 days. It should go without saying, but it was a long time coming for Daniel.
And not to be lost in the shuffle, this was Mizzell’s first NFL touchdown. I’m not sure who gets to keep the game ball to put in their trophy case in this situation, but I suppose this is a good problem to have at this point.
The Bears lead 9-7 at halftime thanks to Daniel bouncing back after a slow start. Daniel has completed 16 of 21 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. That adds up to a nifty 111.8 passer rating. And as long as the Bears rushing game (7 carries, 14 yards) continues to struggle, Daniel might end up carrying a larger load than originally expected if the Bears are going to win this game.